In the earliest incontrovertible appearance of Christ in a mosaic, a fourth-century floor mosaic fromHinton St Mary, Dorset, now in theBritish Museum, the bust of Christ and thechi rhoare flanked by pomegranates.Pomegranates continue to be a motif often found inChristianreligious decoration. They are often woven into the fabric ofvestmentsandliturgical hangingsor wrought in metalwork. Pomegranates figure in many religious paintings by the likes ofSandro BotticelliandLeonardo da Vinci, often in the hands of theVirgin Maryor theinfant Jesus. The fruit, broken or bursting open, is a symbol of the fullness of Jesus'sufferingandresurrection.In theEastern Orthodox Church, pomegranate seeds may be used inkolyva, a dish prepared formemorial services, as a symbol of the sweetness of theheavenly kingdom. The pomegranate is sometimes referred to as the forbidden fruit of The Garden of Eden.