The Symmachi Panel, late 4th or early 5th century, (1881). Etching of a diptych leaf in carved ivory made in Rome, Italy. It shows a priestess beneath an oak tree, preparing to sprinkle the contents of a bowl on to an altar. The inscription 'SYMMACHORUM' at the top of the panel refers to the Roman Symmachi family. The other section of the diptych is in the collection of the Musée National du Moyen Age in Paris. From "The South Kensington Museum", a book of engraved illustrations, with descriptions, of the works of art in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (formerly known as the South Kensington Museum). [Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London, 1881]. Artist W Wise. (Photo by The Print Collector via Getty Images)
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