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Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with Adam and Eve
Early Byzantine (Northern Syria), late 400s/early 500s

This panel representing the Fall of Adam and Eve once formed part of a much larger mosaic decorating the floor of an Early Byzantine church in northern Syria. Adam and Eve share the forbidden fruit while covering themselves with large leaves. At the top of the panel, the Greek inscription states, “And he ate, and they were made naked,” highlighting the two moments in the biblical narrative of the Fall simultaneously depicted here.

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