Little Petra Jordan Architecture - Eric Girouard Photography
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Painted Biclinium in Little Petra, Ma'an, Jordan.

This biclinium (a Roman dining room with two benches), dated back to the first century CE, contains the only surviving example of Nabataean painting. The ceiling is decorated with flowering vines done in a Hellenistic Alexandrian style.

The interior wall is protected by an iron gate. Several baetyl (a sacred standing stone ("god block") that represents a divinity) niches surround the outside of the chamber.

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