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Scenes from Paradise: Jewish Roman Mosaics from Tunisia

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Mosaic of Duck Facing Left in Vines
Roman Mosaic of Duck Facing Left in Vines, Hammam-Lif Synagogue, Tunisia

Roman Mosaic of Duck Facing Left in Vines, Hammam-Lif Synagogue, Tunisia

Brooklyn Museum
Image 05.21, Mosaic of Duck Facing Left in Vines. 3rd century-5th century A.D. Unknown Roman Artist, from Tunis Tunisia. 34 1/2 x 33 1/16in. (87.7 x 84cm). Museum Collection Fund, Brooklyn Museum

This photo essay is from the 2006 exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, which included a collection of Roman mosaics recovered from the 3rd century AD Jewish synagogue at Naro, Tunisia. The mosaics, showing natural, religious and personal images, exemplify a little-known way of life, that of wealthy Jewish citizens of the late Roman empire in Africa.

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