The Dove Returns to the Ark

12th-13th century
Mosaic
Cathedral of the Assumption, Monreale, Sicily

Genesis 8:6-12. The bodies of victims of the flood are seen floating in the waters. The raven Noah had sent out perches on one of the bodies and plucks at its flesh. Above the raven, a dove also sent out by Noah returns with an olive leaf in its beak. Inside the ark are Noah's three sons and the four wives.

The inscription, noe misit columbam et rediit cum ramo olive, means "Noah sent out a dove and it returned with an olive branch."

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