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Neither Black Nor White Yet BothThematic Explorations of Interracial Literature$
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Werner Sollors

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195052824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195052824.001.0001

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Origins; or, Paradise Dawning

Origins; or, Paradise Dawning

(p.31) Chapter One Origins; or, Paradise Dawning
Neither Black Nor White Yet Both

Werner Sollors

Oxford University Press

Adam and Eve were a black–white couple. This is at least the way in which they have been depicted on an eighteenth-century door panel of the Alte (formerly Gärtnersche) Apotheke, a pharmacy in Calw near Stuttgart, Germany. The panel—part of a sequence on the nature realms from which medicines are taken—depicts the animal kingdom (regnum animale) as a paradise scene in which a landscape that opens to a bay is cheerfully inhabited by many land and air animals, including a stag and a lion (in the foreground center), birds, monkeys, a sheep, a goat, and a dog. On the lower right of the painting, under a leafy tree, a seated white and presumably male nude is seen from behind looking up at another nude figure, a black woman who is leaning against the tree. Both are pointing with one hand each at the Edenic landscape.

Keywords:   Adam, Eve, Alte Apotheke, pharmacy, Stuttgart, Germany, animal kingdom, landscape

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