Exhibitions/ Art Object

Tusk Fragment with Apostle (Saint Mark?) on Throne, Surrounded by Followers in Front of a City

Date:
second half of the 6th century (?)
Geography:
Made in Syria or Egypt (Alexandria)
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
5 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (15 x 12 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Musée du Louvre, Département des Objets d’Art, Paris (OA 3317)
Not on view
A group of men in courtly dress flanks an enthroned figure, possibly Saint Mark, the first bishop of Alexandria. The followers may represent the patriarchs who succeeded Mark as the Christian leaders of the city. Animated onlookers peer from the windows of the elegantly carved cityscape.