Panel from an Ivory Casket with the Story of Adam and Eve


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

This panel is one from a series of scenes of the lives of Adam and Eve that originally decorated a small box. On this panel Adam and Eve, identified with Greek inscriptions, harvest grain; on the other panel they work at a metal forge (see 17.190.139). Two intact caskets that show similar scenes of Adam and Eve's toil also display Ploutos, the personification of wealth-a reminder to the owner of the treasure stored in the casket that prosperity is a gift from God and that God favors those who repent of their sins.

Panel from an Ivory Casket with the Story of Adam and Eve, Ivory, gilt, polychromy, Byzantine

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