Byzantine or Visigothic / Tomb Plaque / 400?800Byzantine or Visigothic
Tomb Plaque

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; Visigothic
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine or Visigothic
Title: Tomb Plaque
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 400
Creation End Date: 800
Creation Date: 400?800
Creation Place: Probably made in Spain
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 8 7/16 x 2 1/16 in. (32.4 x 21.4 x 5.2 cm)
Inscriptions: Inscribed: BRACA RIVI/VASCUM TUIS
Description: This plaque is thought to be a cover for a niche in a columbarium, or communal tomb. The Christogram--the monogram for Christ's name formed from the first two letters of his name in Greek (x and p), identifies the deceased as Christian. Scholars debate the meaning of the inscription, which may be a prayer for the deceased.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1985.147
Credit Line: Gift of John Crosby Brown Moore, 1985
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1985.147
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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