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Capital

Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Found Egypt, Saqqara
Medium:
Limestone; carved
Dimensions:
H. 13 3/8 in. (34 cm) Max. W. 14 15/16 in. (38 cm) Max. D. 18 1/8 in. (46 cm) Wt. 156 lbs. (70.8 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.175.92
Not on view
Vineleaves and grapes cover the surface of the stone, veiling its mass. This new style was used throughout the Byzantine world in the sixth century, most elegantly in the emperor Justinian's rebuilding of the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.
Government of Egypt(until 1910; sold to MMA)
Quibell, James E. "The Monastery of Apa Jeremias." In Excavations at Saqqara (1908-09, 1909-10). vol. 4. Cairo: Imprimerie de l'Institut Français d'Archeologie Orientale, 1912. ill. pl. XXXII, fig.4.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 8.



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