The cavorting putti in the vine scroll represent the good life and may be associated with the retinue of Dionysos, the classical god of wine. Fragrant incense would have been burned on hot coals in the lost liner.
Said to be from Istanbul; [ John J. Klejman, New York (sold 1963)]
Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 323, p. 342.
Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th–9th century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 122A, pp. 180 - 181.