Icon with the Virgin and Child, Ivory, Byzantine

Icon with the Virgin and Child

mid-10th–mid-11th century
Made in probably Constantinople
Overall: 9 3/16 x 2 3/4 x 1/2in. (23.4 x 7 x 1.3cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
This statuette, carefully cut from an ivory plaque, follows a widespread Byzantine image type called the Hodegetria, in which the Virgin supports the Christ Child with her left arm. It takes its name from an icon housed in the Hodegon Monastery in Constantinople.
Joseph Durighello, Paris; Raphael Stora, Paris and New York (before first World War); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)
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