Marble Decorative Panels

Date:
10th–11th century
Geography:
Made in possibly Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 27 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (69.9 x 85.1 x 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Architectural
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.46
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
Marble panels like these were used throughout the Byzantine world as bases for templons as well as for low walls for the galleries of churches and beneath windows. Since they were widely exported, such panels are also found in Italian churches, especially in the region around Venice, where Byzantine sculpture was closely copied.
Luigi Grassi, Florence; [ Joseph Altounian, Maçon and Paris (sold 1938)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1938–1947)]