Capital with a Pattern of Grape Leaves and Vines

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

Vines and leaves 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.

Capital with a Pattern of Grape Leaves and Vines, Limestone; carved in relief

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