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Wall-painting of Martyred Saints from Wadi Sarga


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 29 September 2016
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Three separate elements were painted upon the wall of a structure near the monastic complex of Wadi Sarga. The central scene, executed in red outline, depicts the saints Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, known as the "three children in the furnace", being delivered from death by burning by the angel. The text below refers to martyrs from the Egyptian town of Samalut. Large-scale depictions of Saints Damian and Cosmas, accompanied by their brothers Leontios, Eupredios, and Anthinmos were subsequently added to the wall-painting. After surviving torture by burning, here indicated by the palm fronds around their feet, they had been martyred during the persecutions of Diocletian in the late 3rd century CE. Stucco, 6th century CE. From Wadi Sarga, modern-day Asyut, Egypt. Gift of the Byzantine Research Fund(The British Museum, London).

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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