The interest in ancient Roman religions continued for several decades after Christianity became the official religion of the empire. At the end of the 4th century CE, it was actively revived by senatorial families like the Symmachi, whose name can be found on this ivory panel. Carved with great beauty and elegance, this panel dates from c. 400 CE. It depicts a priestess or initiate performing a rite at a pagan altar. It was once part of a hinged diptych. (Victoria & Albert Museum, London)
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