Adam & Eve Fireback at the House of the Seven Gables Historic Site

The story of the seduction of Adam and Eve by Satan in the Garden of Eden was common knowledge to residents of Hawthorne's Salem. This fireback shows the snake entwined about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and is a dramatic representation of the relationship of men and women to evil and to their acquisition of original sin.
(courtesy of The House of the Seven Gables Historic Site) close window
citation: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/fullpageimage.php?name=MMD60