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Roundel with a Bird Couple Venetian Sculptor


Venetian Sculptor active in the 13th century

Date 13th century
Object type relief
Medium, technique limestone

26 cm, 5 kg

Inventory number 1460
Collection Sculpture
On view This artwork is not on display

In twelfth- and thirteenth-century Venice, it was customary to decorate the façade of buildings with carved roundels (patere) that were adorned with animals and floral motifs. The roundels held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest were made from limestone in thirteenth-century Venice. The majority of the designs derive from Byzantine and Islamic decorative arts. Certain motifs must have had symbolic meaning beyond their decorative function. For example, it is possible that this depiction of two birds with their necks interwined is a symbol of Christian love.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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