Northern Italy, Emilia (Bologna?), 12th century
marble, Overall: 24.5 x 25.1 x 11.5 cm (9 5/8 x 9 7/8 x 4 1/2 in.). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1972.22
This fragment and two other capitals (1972.20 and 1972.21) were once parts of the same structure. Though the original structure is unknown, their style suggests that it was located in Bologna. As the fragmentary Latin inscription S: LU suggests, the ox represents the traditional symbol in medieval art of the Evangelist Saint Luke.
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