A pair of Byzantine limestone column capitals 2
Lot 280* W
A pair of Byzantine limestone column capitals
2
Sold for £ 18,000 (US$ 25,290) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of Byzantine limestone column capitals
Circa 6th-8th Century A.D.
Carved in high relief, the lower register with an encircling vine, bands of incised chevrons above and below, the upper register composed of a central peacock on each of the four sides, the tail feathers fanned, flanked with eagles at each corner with wings outstretched behind them, the details of the feather delineated, 17¾in (45cm) high (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from the Collection of Sir Daniel Donohue.
    Accompanied by a copy of a photograph of the capitals in situ at the Donohue residence.

    Literature:
    For other Byzantine capitals with eagles, cf. Archaeological Museum of Philippi, Greece, Basilica 'B'; and also in situ in the nave of Ag. Demetrios in Thessaloniki.
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