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A Byzantine church shaped ciborium

A Byzantine church shaped ciborium

A Byzantine church shaped ciborium

31.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm (12 ³/₈ x 5 ³/₄ x 5 ³/₄ inches)
Marble
6th century AD

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PROVENANCE

From a late 1990s private collection; formerly acquired on the UK art market in the early 1980s

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A lidded marble reliquary casket in the shape of a church, ciborium, pyramidal lid with palm branch to each edge joining at the apex, a central Greek cross within a laurel wreath to three faces, a chi-rho within a laurel wreath to the front; the main body of the reliquary composed of arcaded outer faces supported by columns with a central pillar; the pillar with integrated columns and decorative door; the upper facade with a frieze depicting Agnus Dei within triangular border with flying archangels Michael and Gabriel to each side; the rear panel with a frieze of foliage scrolls, two crosses within arches flanking; the side panels with vine branches and birds; egg-and-dart border to the upper