A Late Roman/Byzantine marble round table top
Lot 178*W
A large Byzantine marble table top
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 23,002) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Late Roman/Byzantine marble round table top A Late Roman/Byzantine marble round table top
Lot Details
A large Byzantine marble table top
Eastern Empire, circa 4th-6th Century A.D.
Round in shape, with wide flat border decorated with a motif of columns linked by alternating semi-circular and triangular pediments, 40½in (103cm) diam

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Belgian private collection, formed in the 1950s.

    Literature:
    Small table tops like this are thought to have been used during feasts for the deceased throughout the early Byzantine world. There is a similar hemispherical example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (acc no. 47.100.50).

    For discussion of similarly decorated tables and their re-use in Islamic contexts, cf. F.B. Flood, 'The Medieval Trophy as an Art Historical Trope: Coptic and Byzantine 'Altars' in Islamic Contexts', Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World , XVIII, 2001, pp.41-72. Flood notes that depictions of the Last Supper in East Christian art show a sigma-shaped or round table rather than a rectangular one.
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