Evangelist Saint Mark writing the Gospel with his symbol, the Lion, holding a scroll

Date: 11th century

Geography: Made in Cologne, Germany

Culture: German

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 5/16 in. (13.9 x 10.8 x 0.8 cm)

Classification: Ivories

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.36


This ivory originally decorated the cover of a manuscript—certainly a gospel book—and was accompanied by panels depicting the other three Evangelists. The miniature church architecture resembles monuments still to be seen in Cologne, one of the most important artistic centers of the Ottonian empire.