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Iconographic aspects of rural life

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Rural activities and pastoral scenes, episodes of daily life, vintage, harvesting, animal chase, and hunting appear as part of the repertoire of inhabited vine and acanthus scrolls found in religious and secular contexts, and on other designs on mosaic pavements of the early Byzantine period in the provinces of Palaestina and Arabia. The interpretation of the themes of vintage, hunting, taming of wild beasts, and using domestic animals is that they might reflect and represent contemporary existing rural life and vine-producing activities in the area. Another interpretation is that the farmers had to perform their vintage or agricultural activities but also to protect the vineyard and animals from beasts by hunting them. Conceivably, the rendering of rural and genre scenes, especially savage hunt episodes and the capture and display of animals, enabled the mosaicists to exhibit their talent in portraying humans, animals, and beasts in various activities, manners, and positions.

Keywords:acanthus scrolls; Arabia; Byzantine period; farmers; Iconographic Aspects; inhabited vine; Palaestina; religious; Rural Life; secular contexts

10.1163/ej.9789004167544.i-420.35
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