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Icon with Virgin and the Christ Child

Date:
ca. 1500 or later
Culture:
Russian or Greek
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 5/16 in. (7.9 x 6.4 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.163
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
Enthroned images of the Virgin and the Christ Child appear in churches throughout the Byzantine era. Here the Child's future role is emphasized by the angels who hold the cross and the lance and sponge of his crucifixion.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: [inner set of initials, incised above shoulders] Jesus Christ; [initials in circular medallions] Mother of God
George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1926-1941)
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