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Ciborium

Artist:
Nicolaus Ranucius (Ranierius) and His Sons, Johannes and Guittone
Date:
ca. 1150
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Marble (Lunense) from Carrera with hardstone and gold glass inlay
Dimensions:
Overall: 226 x 93 1/4 x 93 1/2 in. (574 x 236.9 x 237.5 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.92.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
A ciborium (altar canopy) sheltered and added focus to the high altar of a church. Here the simple but graceful architectural forms are enhanced with colorful mosaic and gold glass inlays. The Ranucius family of marble workers created this and other works for churches north of Rome.
From the Church of Santo Stefano, Fiano Romano, near Rome; Henry W. Poor, New York (sold 1909)
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