Floor Mosaic Panel: Grape Harvester with Peacock

Floor Mosaic Panel: Grape Harvester with Peacock

400s

Marble tesserae

Overall: 133.5 x 144.8 cm (52 9/16 x 57 in.)

Weight: 132.449 kg (292 lbs.)

John L. Severance Fund 1969.112

Description

This group of mosaics may be from a church at Maaut El Naaman in northern Syria. The panel depicting Adam and Eve includes a Greek inscription that translates as: "And they ate, [and they] were made naked," from the book of Genesis (3:7–8). It is possible that the mosaic belonged to a pavement illustrating the Garden of Eden. The Grape Harvester with a Peacock also conveys well-known Christian themes. The grapes represent the Eucharistic wine and thus the blood of Christ, while the peacock was a symbol of immortality.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Mosaic

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