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Bowl Base with Saints Peter and Paul Flanking a Column with the Christogram of Christ

late 4th century
Glass, gold leaf
Overall: Diam. 3 7/8 x 1/4 in. (9.9 x 0.6 cm)
Glass-Gold glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
Saints Peter and Paul are shown with the short curly hair and pointed beard typically associated with each man.
Inscription: Inscribed: PETRVS PAVLVS
From Rome; [ Giorgio Sangiorgior son (sold 1916 through John Marshall)]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

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Forth Worth, TX. Kimbell Art Museum. "Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art," November 18, 2007–March 30, 2008.

Garrucci, Raffaele. Storia della Arte Cristiana nei Primi Otto Secoli della Chiesal: Volume 3, Pitture non cimiteriali. Vol. 3. Prato: G. Guasti, 1876. p. 107, pl. 180, nos. 2, 3, 5.

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