The Lamb of God and the Four Rivers of Paradise

Two early Christian sarcophagi
Archeological Museum, Split; Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna

On the left is a sarcophagus fragment in the Archeological Museum, Split, Croatia. The museum's catalog explains that the lamb is standing on the source of the four rivers of Paradise (Genesis 2:10-14). Above its head the chi-rho symbol is incised in red, showing that the lamb represents Jesus Christ. The red letters on this fragment and on two others displayed to the left and right of this one list the names of the apostles, who are also represented as lambs. (See this page for all three fragments.)

On the right is a similar representation of the lamb, on a sarcophagus in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, Italy. Again we see the lamb standing on a height from which four rivers flow. The chi-rho symbol in this case is inscribed on the halo. (Follow this link for the front and right sides of the sarcophagus.)

The left image in full resolution
The right image in full resolution

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Photographed at the sites by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.