Adam & Eve Alabasters
Date ca. 1120-35
Movement Mature Romanesque
Provenance Saint-Lazare, Autun, France
Housed at Musée Rolin, Autun
This pair was originally placed within the north portal’s lintel, where below, public trials would have taken place. Eve’s expression is incredibly thoughtful, as if she contemplates the weight of her decision—this is accentuated by her hand upon her cheek. Her curving pose is not unlike that of a serpent’s, implying her role as temptress.