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THE MOSAICS OF MOUNT NEBO
   The mosaics of the primitive sanctuary


Sections:

-Main
-Introduction

PRIMITIVE SANCTUARY
-General
-The Cross
-Geom. panel
-Teofilus
-Cella Tricora

INTERMEDIATE PHASE
-Diakonikon
-S. Baptistery

LAST PHASE
-Basilica
-Diakonikon
-S. Baptistry
-Theotokos
-Narthex

SPECIAL
-Craftsmen

The mosaic of the Cross

In area C to the west of the cella trichora, a cross was embedded in a dark background enclosed in a double line of white tesserae. The cross is made up by a double ended plait of black and white tesserae. The rather anomalous cross, placed at the centre of the floor might be referred back to the room being used as a place of cult in relation to the memorial to Moses shown to the pilgrim Aegeria (Itinerarium X). This hypothesis might explain the construction, at this exact point, of a platform surmounting the mosaic in the upper VI century Basilica

 
 


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