The Fruits of Paradise
114. An exotic parrot looks on while a quail, which often symbolizes the human soul, pecks at a cluster of grapes. Bountiful fruits, such as pomegranates and grapes, overflow the elegant Roman glass vessel in this arcosolium painting. Such images (also no. 93) were influenced by Hellenistic mosaics. Mausoleum of M. Clodius Hermes encompassed by the catacomb of S. Sebastiano.

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