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- n. A raised shelf or stand on the back of an altar, suitable for holding objects; a predella or gradino.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A raised shelf or stand on the back of an altar, on which different objects can be placed; a predella or gradino.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small slab of stone consecrated and laid upon or let into the top of an altar which has not been consecrated, or which has no stone mensa: often used as a portable altar.
- n. A piece of oak wood about six inches square, having a cross on one side and the figure of a patron saint on the other. It was blessed and incased in gold or silver. It was, in the middle ages, covered with a purple pall during certain celebrations. z
As a mark of his devotion to the Queen of Heaven, he adorned the golden superaltar with a sapphire of inestimable value, known as the Great Sapphire of
Thus the Fulgosio tomb in the Santo, and the superaltar in the Eremitani at Padua (though much disfigured by paint), show that Giovanni da Pisa was influenced by Donatello to a remarkable degree.
"superfluous plate", among which is specially mentioned "a superaltar garnished with silver gilt and part gold, called the Great Sapphire of Glastonbury".