Capital with Three Military Saints and the Living Cross
Byzantine, Constantinople (?), 14th century
It is likely that this marble capital was sculpted in Constantinople by a work-shop producing early-fourteenth-century carvings for major imperial and aristocratic foundations of the Palaiologan capital. It seems to be related to sculptures found in the Pammakaristos complex in Constantinople. The capital's large dimensions, the deep carving of three of its sides, and the low-relief sculpting of its fourth face suggest that this capital and its supporting column were most likely set close to the wall of a tomb niche, resembling two extant capitals in the Chora Monastery.