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Columbarium Tomb Plaque with the Monogram of Christ

Columbarium Tomb Plaque with the Monogram of Christ

400-800

Spain

(Visigothic or Byzantine)

Terracotta

Overall: 32.4 x 20.8 cm (12 3/4 x 8 3/16 in.)

Gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1938.160

Description

This thick clay plaque covered a burial niche that contained the remains of the deceased in a simple communal tomb complex called a columbarium. The chi-rho monogram of Christ identifies the deceased as a Christian. The monogram was seen as representing Christ’s victory over death, while the letters that flank it, alpha and omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, symbolize Christ as the beginning and end of all things.

See also
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Terracotta

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