Adam & Eve Alabasters

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.