Byzantium, Northern Syria, 5th century / Floor Mosaic: Adam and Eve / 400sByzantium, Northern Syria, 5th century
Floor Mosaic: Adam and Eve

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantium, Northern Syria, 5th century
Title: Floor Mosaic: Adam and Eve
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 400
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 400s
Creation Place: Northern Syria
Object Type: Architecture
Classification Term: Mosaic
Materials and Techniques: marble tesserae
Dimensions: Overall: 142.9cm x 107.3cm
Inscriptions: at top: Greek inscription taken from Genesis III:7-8 that reads: "And they ate, [and they] were made naked." It is possible that the mosaic belonged to a pavement illustrating the Garden of Eden.
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1969.115
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Provenance: (J. J. Klejman, New York).
Context: 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, taken from the book of Genesis (III: 7-8). It is possible that the mosaic belongedto 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.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1969.115
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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