Abbey of San Vincenzo Al Volturno


11th c.

    Fragment of a white marble lintel decorated with a lion in basso-relievo, with the animal's tongue and tail forming the same palmette ornament. The complete element may have had two lions affrontee on either side of a central motif representing the mask of a fabulous creature, included in a border edged with ova in the Roman tradition.

Trésors romans d'Italie du Sud et de Sicile, Toulouse, 1995, G. Coppola (dir.), p. 63,  n° 36
- Italie des Normands, Normandie des Plantagenêts, Musée de Normandie, Caen, 1995, p. 9, n°4.

Montecassino, Museum of the Abbey

Photography : D.R.