The Sarcophagus of Adelphia: Detail, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent

The figure in the background on the left should be God, and his two-fingered gesture presumably represents the command in Genesis 2:16-17, "Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat: But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat." Adam seconds the gesture to Eve, who is about to eat the fruit. The serpent is as usual coiled around the tree. At the base of the tree is a sheaf of wheat, representing God's order that "in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread" (Genesis 3:19).

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Photographed at the Syracuse Archeological Museum, Sicily, by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.