Monday, November 21, 2011

The Mosaic of Daniel in Bardo Museum

Octagon once at the center of a pavement in the mausoleum of a roman family. The scene is treated in schematic style, borrowed from the old testament figuring Daniel in the lion's den. Tunisia 5th C AD

Daniel is usually considered by Muslims to have been a prophet. Although he is not mentioned in the Qur'an, there are a few Hadith and Muslim records which bear his name and which refer to his time spent in the den of the lions. There are debates, however, that go on about Daniel's time of preaching and some Muslims believe that he was not a prophet but a saintly man. Some Muslim records suggest that a book regarding apocalyptic revelations was found in a coffin, which is supposed to have contained the remains of Daniel, which was brought to light at the time of the Muslim conquest of Tustar, and buried again at the request of Umar.