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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Table Top
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 400
Creation End Date: 600
Creation Date: 400?600
Creation Place: Said to be from Rome, Italy
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Description: Small table tops like this were used to celebrate feasts for the dead at gravesites throughout the early Byzantine world. They were often supported on bases elaborately carved with messages promising humankind's salvation. At the lower edge of the table, four sheep, representing the blessed according to Matthew 25:33?40, flank a chi-rho, the monogram for the name of Christ based on the first two letters of his name in Greek. The tables are often called sigma tables due to their resemblance to the Greek letter of that name.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 47.100.50
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1947
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.47.100.50
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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