Mosaic of Date Palm Tree
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
This tree and its unlocated companion panel, part of the decorative mosaics from an ancient synagogue, probably represented the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life, from the Garden of Eden and described in the biblical Book of Genesis. For the Jewish congregation of Hammam Lif it also evoked the city of Jerusalem, a place often represented in art by the date palm, perhaps because dates were a major export crop of the region.
Stone and mortar
6th century C.E.
With Frame: 1 3/8 x 34 5/8 x 74 3/16 in. (3.5 x 87.9 x 188.4 cm)
Without Frame: 1 3/8 x 31 x 70 9/16 in. (3.5 x 78.8 x 179.2 cm)
Other: 248 lb. (112.5kg) (show scale)
Museum Collection Fund
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Roman. Mosaic of Date Palm Tree, 6th century C.E. Stone and mortar, With Frame: 1 3/8 x 34 5/8 x 74 3/16 in. (3.5 x 87.9 x 188.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 05.14. Creative Commons-BY
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