Emperor Joseph II as Hungarian King
32 × 9 cm, 9 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. 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.