25 October 2006
A LARGE BYZANTINE DEDICATORY TERRACOTTA RELIEF TILE FOR BISHOP MARCIANUS
MID-7TH CENTURY A.D.
Rectangular, with moulded decoration comprising a central Chi-Rho flanked by Alpha and Omega, two rosettes at the base, with two columns on either side surmounted by a semicircular arch decorated with shell motif, the arch flanked by two dolphins, an inscription on the left reads "SALVO EPIS[COPO]" and on the right "MARCIANO", repaired
15½ in. (39.5 cm.) high
European collection, formed 1930s onwards.
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Cf. E. Huebner, Inscriptiones Hispaniae Christianae, supp., Berlin, 1900, no. 437 for the type.
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