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Architectural Relief with Birds and Crosses

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This architectural relief fragment features typically ambiguous Early Christian iconography inherited from the period when Christianity was a banned and persecuted religion. The motifs include a highly stylized bird (possibly a dove representing the Holy Spirit) and two crossed disguised within acceptable Greek motifs- a palmette design on the left and interlaced fretwork on the right. The fragment probably comes from a church, possibly from the side of an arched doorway or the wall above an altar or shrine.

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