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Pyxis with the Miracle of Christ’s Multiplication of the Loaves

Date:
6th century
Geography:
Made in North Africa (box); Made in Spain (lid)
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Ivory with polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall (with lid): 3 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (8.9 x 11.1 x 14 cm) Overall (without lid): 3 x 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (7.6 x 10.8 x 13.3 cm) Top: 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (1.3 x 11.1 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.34
  • Description

    In this depiction of the Miracle of the Loaves (Mark 8:1–6), an enthroned Christ is flanked by Saints Peter and Paul. Other disciples carry the loaves of bread he has miraculously produced to feed the multitude, loaves that the early church associated with the bread of the Eucharist. It is possible that containers like this were used in connection with the Divine Liturgy.

  • Provenance

    [ E. Lowengard, London (sold 1905)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1905–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)

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