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Roundel with Saint Marc’s Lion Venetian Sculptor

Artist

Venetian Sculptor active in the 13th century

Date 13th century
Object type relief
Medium, technique limestone
Dimensions

32 × 9 cm, 9 kg

Inventory number 1467
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. On one of the roundels, there is a winged lion, the attribute of Saint Mark, patron saint of Venice.

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