Early Byzantine Limestone Epistyle with Christian Motifs
5th - 6th century AD
Description This massive, intricately carved limestone lintel is a particularly fine and rare example of early Christian church architecture. It's rich iconography and identification as an epistyle, an architectural element specific to the area around the altar in a Byzantine church, sheds some welcome light on the art of the formative centuries of the early church, particularly from the very influential Eastern areas of the Holy Roman Empire.
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