The meat? Raw. Symbol of the rude vitality of life itself. The salad brings to mind the fecundity of the earth. The bread symbolizes the miracle of yeast, the rising and growing of the planting season. The couple in the background are making a burnt offering to their agricultural deity, but the fire may also suggest youthful lust, something that must be contained by the structures of society’s traditions.

The disembodied hand pours the milk that will nourish the couple and their offspring. There’s also corn, symbolizing side dishes. It also suggests something else: its phallic shape has been altered, and it has been severed from the stalk. They will have one child, but no more.