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Terracotta Tomb Plaque

Overall: 13 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (33.3 x 21.6 x 6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of John Crosby Brown Moore, 1985
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
This plaque is thought to be a cover for a niche in a columbarium, or communal tomb. The Christogram--the monogram for Christ's name formed from the first two letters of his name in Greek (x and p), identifies the deceased as Christian. Scholars debate the meaning of the inscription in Latin, which may be a prayer for the deceased.
Inscription: Inscribed: BRACA RIVI/VASCUM TUIS
John Crosby Brown Moore, New York (acquired 1926 in Barcelona–1985)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Sixteenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1985, through June 30, 1986." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 116 (1986). p. 33.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 67, p. 52.

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