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Roundel: Design of Two Dog-like Quadrupeds in Low Relief.

Roundel: Design of Two Dog-like Quadrupeds in Low Relief.

Culture Group: Venetian
Culture: Italian, Veneto
Date: 12th century–13th century
Medium: Greek marble
Dimensions:
4 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (10.8 x 41.3 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: The Brummer Collection
Label Text:The roundel exemplifies a popular and characteristic genre of architectural decoration in the Veneto known as patere. These circular reliefs, together with the arched panel reliefs and ogee windows and arcades, comprise the rich wall decoration of the Venetian palaces that reflected Venice's prosperity and international mercantile connections. Ensembles of vividly painted marble patere were set into brick walls either above arches or in their spandrels. Their figural subjects were most commonly animal compositions like this dog or wolf pair, and seem to have had an heraldic or apotropaic significance. Such motifs were similar to the decorations on the portable luxury goods, such as textiles, coffers, and bowls, imported from Byzantium and the Near East.

Object number: 1966.164.1
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