Rooster

Syria
5th century
c. A.D. 400
Mosaic
14 3/4 x 23 1/4 in. (37.5 x 59 cm)
AP 1972.20
Currently On View
As a rooster or cock, this long-necked bird with a red beak and wattle might allude to the episode of a rooster crowing in the Denial of Peter; as such, it would symbolize Peter’s repentance. This schematized image of a bird faces toward the viewer’s right. Black tesserae outline the body, which is predominantly composed of green tesserae with two tones of yellow on the upper wing and pale green and white on the undertail feathers.

Provenance

(Elie Borowski (1913-2003), Basel, Switzerland); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1972.