The Sarcophagus of Marcus Claudianus: Detail, the Nativity

Unusually, Mary is absent from this Nativity. As usual, the ox and ass approach the child, who is swaddled in a crib supported by tree-like bushes. The figure on the left is one of the shepherds.

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