Fragment of a Marble Sarcophagus


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

The monogram of Christ along with the Greek letters alpha and omega, referring to Christ as the beginning and end of all things, were common motifs on Christian tombstones. This piece—like several others from this region—oddly displays the alpha and omega upside down, probably a mistake on the part of the non-Greek-speaking sculptor.

Fragment of a Marble Sarcophagus, Marble, Frankish

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