Overall: 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 x 3/4 in. (6.7 x 6.7 x 1.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1979
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
The inscription identifies the image as Christ Antiphonetes, an icon type used by the empress Zoe (r. 1028–50) for her coinage.
Steatite, easily carved stone, usually soft green or buff in color, came to be widely used for the production of small icons.
Inscription: Inscribed - in Greek: Christ Antiphonetes: the abbreviated name of Jesus Christ I(HCOV)C X (PICTO)C is inscribed in raised letters in two medallions flanking the halo, with, beneath, rectangular tablets inscribed O A(N) THIW/NHTHC. and in modern Greek: 1794 D(ecember) 11: A later inscription -1794-... (December) 11 is scratched into the background to Christ's right.
J. Kourdoglanian c/o C. R. Fenton & Co., Brussels (sold 1979)
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 113, p. 95.