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Medallion with Saint Peter from an Icon Frame
Medallion with Saint Luke from an Icon Frame
Medallion with Saint Matthew from an Icon Frame
Medallion with the Virgin from an Icon Frame
Medallion with Saint John the Evangelist from an Icon Frame
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 303
These nine medallions are from a group of twelve that once surrounded an icon of the archangel Gabriel. The medallions may have been sent as a gift from the Byzantine court to the neighboring Christian state of Georgia. The three medallions across the top form a Deesis, with Christ between the Virgin and Saint John the Forerunner (the Baptist). Below is the hierarchy of the Church: apostles (Saints Peter and Paul), evangelists (Saints Matthew and Luke), theologians (Saint John the Theologian), and, across the base, military saints (Saint George).
Inscription: Inscribed: In Greek, on each medallion, an identification of the figure represente : Jesus Christ, Mother of God, John the Precursor, Saint Peter, Saint Paul, Saint Matthew, Saint Luke, Saint John the Theologian, and Saint George.
Djumati Monastery, Georgia ; Alex W. von Zvenigorodskii (1837 - 1903), Russia; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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