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Hegira 109 / AD 727, Umayyad
Plaster, painted using the secco technique
National Museum of Damascus
About the Museum
This fresco painting comes from the Umayyad palace Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi in the deserts of Syria. It displays an image from classical Roman mythology, the earth goddess, Gaea, signifying bounty and fruitfulness. It also indicates artistic and cultural continuity from Late Antiquity to early Islam.