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Medusa’s GazeThe Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza Farnese$
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Marina Belozerskaya

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739318.001.0001

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The Past Acquired, Revived, and Ransacked

The Past Acquired, Revived, and Ransacked

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(p.47) 3 The Past Acquired, Revived, and Ransacked
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Medusa’s Gaze
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Marina Belozerskaya

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739318.003.0003

The Tazza was likely brought to Constantinople by Constantine the Great. This chapter discusses the founding of his new capital, his transfer there of artworks from across the Greco-Roman world, and their continued use under subsequent Byzantine emperors. It also suggests that the Tazza served as a model for a silver-gilt inkpot created at the Byzantine court in the 10th century. Also in Byzantium the bowl likely underwent a Christian conversion into a liturgical chalice.

Keywords:   Constantinople, Fourth Crusade, Constantine the Great, Byzantine Court, Chalice, San Marco, Venice, Christian conversion, Abbot Suger

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