Traditio Legis Sarcophagus

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

The enthroned Christ passes the scroll of the Law to St. Paul on his right. On his left Peter already has the keys in his hand. He carries the cross on which he was martyred. Like a Byzantine courtier, Paul has covered his hands to accept the gift. As always, he has a pointy beard and receding hairline. Peter has a square beard. The scene is framed by a pair of courtiers with their hands raised in acclamation and a pair of saints bringing Christ their martyrs' crowns, also with covered hands.

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