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Image: Hinton St Mary Mosaic

Hinton St Mary Mosaic

This rare mosaic comes from the center of a mosaic pavement in a 4th-century Roman villa. It was discovered in the village of Hinton St Mary (Dorset) in 1963. It is the earliest known image of Christ in Britain and the only known portrait of Christ used in a mosaic pavement. Instead of a halo there is a Chi-Rho (first two letters of Christ in Greek) monogram behind his head. The pomegranates symbolize resurrection. British Museum, London.

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