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Pastoral scene

In the third register, a shepherd sits on a stone and looks at his goat and fat-tailed sheep grazing under fruit trees.

The branches of the second tree from the right seems to be growing downwards. This might have happened because of a mosaicist sitting "above" the scene at work, and not noticing his mistake because the sheep beside this tree is the only one looking down (or up from his perspective, like all the others from the normal view.)

© Photo: Haupt & Binder


Intact Byzanthine mosaic from 530 AD with hunting and pastoral scenes and the name of its creators, the mosaicists Soel, Kaium, and Elias. Moses Basilica, Mount Nebo

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