Creation of Eve (Detail of God).
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Title:Creation of Eve (Detail of God)
Notes:This particular sarcophagus is known as the Dogmatic Sarcophagus, or the "sarcophagus of the two Testaments."This image depicts the creation of Eve from the rib of Adam, lying prone below the smaller figure of Eve. The figure creating, and seated giving a benediction, is God, however this figure is bearded, in contrast with the figure bestowing the symbols of labor to Adam and Eve. It can be argued that the beardless figure is Christ, while the bearded figure is God.
Date:Mid-fourth century
Building:Vatican City. Direzione generale dei musei

Scripture:Genesis 2:4b-8
Person as Subject:God
General Subject:Creation
ICONCLASS Number:71A311

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Copyright Source:Collection of J. Patout Burns and Robin M. Jensen
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Attribution:Creation of Eve (Detail of God), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved December 1, 2020]. Original source: Collection of J. Patout Burns and Robin M. Jensen.
Record Number:51256 Last Updated: 2010-12-09 17:54:02 Record Created: 2007-05-17 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition