Ivories of the So-Called Grado Chair: Raising of Lazarus
Made in Eastern Mediterranean or Egypt
7 11/16 x 3 7/16 x 1/4 in. (19.5 x 8.8 x 0.7 cm)
The British Museum, London (1856,0623.26)
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 haloed Christ miraculously raises Lazarus from the dead. Upright in his tomb, Lazarus is wrapped in narrow strips of cloth that served as burial bandages.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.