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Dove mosaic

<p>Coloured mosaic with Christian symbols from the Roman villa of Faro (Torrox), dated between the 4th and 5th centuries</p>

Coloured mosaic with Christian symbols from the Roman villa of Faro (Torrox), dated between the 4th and 5th centuries

This polychrome mosaic features a central triangular motif defined by a line of red tesserae against a white background. Two doves face each other on a semicircle with a plant motif of three leaves. They are outlined with black tesserae with details in white and red. The doves are interpreted as symbols of the Eucharist, that is, of adoption of the Christian faith.

A border of two doubled lines (in red and white) runs around the edge of the composition twisting like two ropes that loop endlessly.

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