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Relief Panel with Lion Family

Date:
ca. 800–1000
Geography:
Made in South or Central Campania, Italy
Culture:
South Italian
Medium:
Stone
Dimensions:
Overall: 32 x 60 x 4 in. (81.3 x 152.4 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.48
  • Description

    The marble for this relief panel probably came from a Roman sarcophagus. The slab was recarved and reused during the early Middle Ages for a church in Nola, probably to be used as a choir screen. Lions are often used as symbols for Christ in Italy during this period, but the depiction of a family with a male, a female, and suckling cub is unique.

  • Provenance

    From Villa Chapel, Nola.; Unidentifiedchurch and/or private collection, Nola; Salvadore Romano, Florence (shortly after WWI until 1930); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1930–1947)]

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