The Fall of Phaeton
30 × 10 cm, 13 kg
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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. Some of the designs are of ancient origin. The motif of the duck, which adorns one of the roundels already appeared in Egyptian, Coptic, Fatimid, and Persian art. Certain depictions must have had symbolic meaning beyond their decorative function, too.