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Adam and Eve After the Expulsion from Paradise

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Leonard Kern (1588-1662)1645-50Schwäbisch HallivoryH 31,5 cm

Fear is written across the faces and gestures of the first human couple, who had just been expelled from the garden of Eden and must now enter a world unknown to them. Eve – blinded by tears and led by Adam, who shields her from God’s punitive gaze – entrusts herself unconditionally to her protector, who embraces her gently. They are both aware of their nakedness and their guilt that ensued of their Fall. The moment of recognition brings awareness to the human existence. It strengthens the couple’s sense of togetherness and their responsibility for each other. This masterpiece of Baroque ivory art has been cut out from one piece of ivory.