(Latin: “worm-work”). In mosaic, a single row, or several rows, of small, closely set tesserae following the outline of a feature such as a face or figure. Opus vermiculatum was generally used for emblemata, or central figural panels in larger mosaic pavements.
Dionysos Riding a Tiger (det.). Mosaic from the House of Dionysos, Delos, Greece. Late 2nd c. BCE. Delos Archaeological Museum.