The two saints stand holding books and supporting between them a large cross. The youthful figure at the left and the bearded one at the right closely resemble early depictions of the evangelists John and Matthew. The plaque may have been a cover for a religious text.
[ Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (sold 1945)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1945–sold 1947)]
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Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 9, pp. 30-1, 252.
Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 585, pp. 619-620.