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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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Medusa’s Gaze

Marina Belozerskaya

Oxford University Press

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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