Ivories of the So-Called Grado Chair: Saint Mark Healing Anianos
Made in Eastern Mediterranean or Egypt
7 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 1/4 in. (19 x 8.3 x 0.7 cm)
Civiche Raccolte d’Arte Applicata—Castello Sforzesco, Milan (avori n. 3)
Not on view
The ivories from the So-called Grado Chair depict Saint Mark as founder and first bishop of the church of Alexandria. The mixture of Byzantine and Islamic elements in the decoration, especially in details of the cities, demonstrates the sophistication of ivory carvers in the eastern Mediterranean immediately before the body of the saint was transported to Venice.
On this panel, Saint Mark (right) heals the cobbler Anianos’ finger (left) after he injured it while repairing the saint’s shoes. Anianos would later become Mark’s successor as bishop of Alexandria.