An Early Christian limestone font
Lot 177*W
A Byzantine limestone font
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,541) inc. premium
Auction Details
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Lot Details
A Byzantine limestone font
Circa 4th-6th Century A.D.
The exterior of the shallow circular basin decorated in high relief with a band of egg-and-darts below the rim and tongues radiating from the base, the interior with a fish in relief at the centre, 21in (53cm) diam

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Swiss private collection, formed in the 1960s-1970s.

    Literature:
    The ichthys (fish) was a sign used by the early Christians living in the Roman Empire and was widely employed throughout the empire on sculpture and other media from the reign of Constantine onwards. The combination of egg-and-dart with radiating tongues was a commonly-used motif and in the Early Christian and Byzantine period was particularly employed at the top of an arch on stelai and reliefs. Cf., L. Wamser, Die Welt von Byzanz - Europas Östliches Erbe, Munich, 2004, p. 82, no. 100.
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