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Eagle

Early Byzantine, 4th–6th century; terra-cotta; 18 cm (7 1/16 in.). BZ.1959.49
Eagle

In Greco-Roman culture, the eagle was commonly associated with the imperial office. A symbol of the power and deification of the emperor, it appeared in imperial coinage and sculpture. This eagle, made from terra-cotta, may have been a workshop model used for sculptures in marble or bronze.

 

Provenance

Said to have come from Constantinople. Acquired by Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, September 1959.

  

Selected Bibliography

M. C. Ross, Metalwork, Ceramics, Glass, Glyptics, Painting, vol. 1 of Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Washington, DC, 1962), 77, no. 93, plate 51.

 

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