These panels were once part of a cover for an icon of the Virgin Hagiosoritissa, or Virgin of the Holy Soros (reliquary chest). Named for the church in Constantinople that contained the original icon of the type, this popular middle Byzantine icon shows the Virgin turning to the side with her hands raised in a gesture of prayer.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: [initials for] Mother of God
Alex W. von Zvenigorodskii (1837–1903), Russia; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Evans, Helen C., and William D. Wixom, ed. The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843–1261. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 236, pp. 348-9.
Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 47.