Mosaic, italy, c. 1040

A Caucasian & a Negro Swordsman Fighting
Vercelli, Italy, about 1040
Vercelli (Piemont); about 1040 (Mosaic from the church of S. Maria Maggiore)
This portrays two fighters duelling with shields and swords. The utterances they shout at each other are reproduced in written form: fol! ‘idiot’ on the lefthand edge of the picture and fel! ‘villain’ on the righthand.

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