Sunday, May 24, 2009


In ecclesiastical architecture, a ciborium is a canopy or covering supported by columns, freestanding in the sanctuary, that covers the altar in a basilica or other church. Such a ciborium is sometimes also referred to as a baldachin..

Nicolaus Ranucius (Ranierius) and His Sons, Johannes and Guittone
Marble, hard stone, and gold glass inlays
Italian, from the Church of Santo Stefano, Fiano Romano, near Rome
Made about 1150, with later restorations
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Basilica di San Nicolas in Bari, Italy

The ciborium in Bari is also decorated with mosaic; it has four columns with foliage, animals and mythological figures. The crypt, with 26 columns sporting capitals in Byzantine and Romanesque style, houses the relics of St. Nicholas