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Pectoral with Christ and the Lamb of God and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Date:
1000–1050
Geography:
Made in near Saint-Omer
Culture:
British or North French
Medium:
Walrus ivory with gilt-copper sheets and copper alloy pin
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (14.9 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm) width with iron pins: 2 11/16 in. (6.9 cm)
Classification:
Ivories-Walrus
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.217
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This imposing ivory originally formed the central part of a large cross (the arms are now missing) intended to be suspended from the neck. The strong sculptural forms and animated drapery relate closely to both Anglo-Saxon drawings and illuminated manuscripts. The pairing of Christ in Majesty with the Lamb of God on the reverse reflects contemporary interest in apocalyptic imagery, familiar from the Book of Revelation.
François Quenson, Saint-Omer (before 1874); M. Charles Mannheim, Paris (around 1898); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
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