Based on excavations of the Early Bronze Age, it’s believed that the pomegranate was one of the first cultivated fruits.
Pomegranates were prominently featured in Greek art during the Orientalizing Period, a time when their culture was influenced by Syria and Phoenicia.
Image: Roman mosaic depicting dice players framed with garlands of laurel and pomegranates in the corners, ca. 3rd Century AD. Credit : © Gilles Mermet / Art Resource, NY
In Buddhism, the pomegranate is one of the three blessed fruits and represents the essence of favorable influences in art.