Inscribed Visigothic Tile


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 11 October 2016
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This earthenware tile would have been mounted with others in a wooden frame to decorate the wall of a room. It shows a large chi-rho motif, comprising the first two letters of Christ's name in Greek (XP). This is flanked by the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha (A)and omega (ω), signifying GoA the Son. A damaged Latin inscription on its sides would have read "Bracarus, may you live long with your companions". 400s to 500s CE. Possibly found near Ronda, Malaga, Andalucía, modern-day Spain. (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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