from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Christian antiq., a carved latticework or grating of marble, silver, etc., used to inclose shrines, as those of martyrs. It allowed the sacred coffer to be seen, but protected it from being handled. See cut in next column.
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Roman church of St. Clemente the urn containing the remains of St. Clement and St. Ignatius of Antioch is visible behind such a transenna.
In case of translation the relics of a martyr were deposited in a crypt below the high altar, or in a hollow space beneath the altar, behind a transenna or pierced marble screen such as were used in the catacombs.
Early Byzantine • Early Christian art: - Mosaic - archivolt • Sant-Apollinare Nuovo • St. John St.dios • Marble transenna or screen • Copied Greek literature What's the official language?
Byzantine: behind the scene, St. John St.dios End of the Western complexity Marble transenna or screen Empire 527-565 AD.
"needle" at Ripon Cathedral -- said to be an imitation of the Basilican transenna.