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Byzantine basalt tomb door, Syria, circa 6th-7th Century A.D.

Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Basalt
Dimensions:  145 cm x 91 cm; circa 400 kg
Provenance:  UK private collection, England, acquired in the 1970s / Bonhams London, Auction, 2014
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
Published:  Antiquities, London, Bonhams, October 2nd, 2014.


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Decorated with eight sunken square relief panels, each filled with a raised relief motif in relief, including columns, scrolls, rosettes, squares and a cruciform motif in the lower right, a slender columnar motif carved in relief in the center. The upper hole on the upper left side was used as a handle for opening and closing the door.

Francesca Severini published a study in 2006 establishing the existence of 160 examples of Byzantine tomb doors scattered in various areas of the world.

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