Cain and Abel: The Sacrifice and the Murder

Salerno or Amalfi (comes from the Cathedral of Salerno), circa 1384
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The Louvre, Paris

God's hand reaching toward Abel's lamb signifies that it is Abel's sacrifice, not Cain's, that is accepted. As usual, Cain's sacrifice is represented as a sheaf of wheat. On the right, Cain strangles his brother to death; many other images have him using a weapon such as an axe or club. On the far right, God curses Cain for what he did.

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.