Byzantine Museum Athens

Department Archive
Collection Byzantine Research Fund
Reference No. BRF/01/01/01/242
Level Item
Place Byzantine Museum
Athens
Dates 1888-1890
Creator Weir Schultz, Mr Robert
Barnsley, Mr Sidney Howard
Scope and Content Sections of relief marble closure slabs. Now in Byzantine Museum Athens This is a preliminary drawing. It is annotated in pencil. See also drawings nos. BRF 01/01/01/232, BRF 01/01/01/233, and BRF 01/01/01/234.
Further information The slab on the left depicts a leafy cross with rosettes standing on a stepped crepidome under an archivolt. The subject is a symbolic representation of the victory over death. It could be dated to the middle Byzantine period (10th-11th c.)
The slab in the middle is decorated with a laurel garland with an inscribed cross and ivy leaves, symbols of the victory over death which appear also as common themes in the decoration of early-christian sarcophagi. It has been assigned a date to the 5th c.
The slab on the right depicts a leafy cross with rosettes standing on a stepped crepidome under an archivolt. It could be dated to the middle Byzantine period (10th-11th c.)