Sarcophagus with Cross and Temple Veil

5th to 8th century
Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, Italy

The frontal depicts two round arches supported by columns flanking a larger arch supported by identical columns and itself supporting an entablature and pediment with two acroteria. Each arch frames a cross and the central cross is further framed by a pair of curtains as in a temple. The small "tail" at the top of each side cross make it a "staurogram" symbol.

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View the left end of the sarcophagus, with the Lamb of God.
View the right end of the lid, with peacocks eating grapes.

Read more about the staurogram symbol and about crosses and crucifixes.

Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.