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Ambo: Gilded Copper Figures (8th Century?)

Gilded copper figures of the symbols of St. Matthew the Evangelist (winged man) and St. John the Evangelist (eagle) on the 12th-century marble ambo. The figures may date from the 8th century and survive from an earlier Carolingian ambo. The eagle may have also been used as a book rest. Sant'Ambrogio Basilica, Milan, Italy.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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