Capital with Bust of the Archangel Michael


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303

This beautifully carved fragment was once part of the interior architecture of a church, perhaps placed at the top of a tomb niche or altar screen. Archangels were often portrayed, as here, in the ceremonial dress of the Byzantine emperor, the head of Christ's earthly court.

Capital with Bust of the Archangel Michael, Marble, Byzantine

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