mosaic, oblong representing birds surrounded by foliage and pomegranates in multicolors; known to have come from the floor of an early christian church near Antioch

Birds with Foliage, late 4th-mid 5th century

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The John R. Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  69.49.1

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Scrolls of vine and acanthus leaves enclosing human or animal forms, called rinceaux, were frequently used in the borders of large mosaic compositions. The rinceaux in this mosaic segment include birds, symbolizing the soul, and pomegranates, referring to the annual return of spring and therefore the Christian hope in immortality and resurrection.

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Birds with Foliage
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69.49.1
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mosaic, oblong representing birds surrounded by foliage and pomegranates in multicolors; known to have come from the floor of an early christian church near Antioch