Console with Incised Lines and Crosses

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302

The more important buildings were decorated with courses of sculpted stone freely combining floral and geometric motifs inspired by classical art – rosettes, acanthus leaves, meander patterns – with more recent Christian themes. These sculptural elements, demonstrating the Byzantine love of complex patterning with lush textures, were originally painted in rich, vibrant colors like those surviving in textiles.

Console with Incised Lines and Crosses, Limestone, red pigment; incised

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