Exhibitions/ Art Object

Ivories of the So-Called Grado Chair: The Prophet Joel

Date:
7th–8th century
Geography:
Made in Eastern Mediterranean or Egypt
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
3 15/16 x 3 3/8 in. (10 x 8.5 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Musée du Louvre, Département des Objets d’Art, Paris (AC 864)
Not on view
The original use and arrangement of these fourteen ivories of the So-called Grado Chair with scenes from the life of Christ, depictions of saints, and of Saint Mark as first bishop of Alexandria remain uncertain. They may have been part of a liturgical throne given by Emperor Heraclius (r. 610–41) to Grado, Italy, after his successful re-conquest of Egypt.
On this plaque, the prophet Joel points to heaven as he holds a scroll inscribed in Greek, "Then the Lord became jealous for his land, and had pity on his people" (Joel 2:18).
Inscription: [in Greek, on the scroll:] Then the Lord became jealous for his land, and had pity
on his people [Joel 2:18]