Panel from a Cover for an Icon of the Virgin


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303

These panels were once part of a cover for an icon of the Virgin Hagiosoritissa, or Virgin of the Holy Soros (reliquary chest). Named for the church in Constantinople that contained the original icon of the type, this popular middle Byzantine icon shows the Virgin turning to the side with her hands raised in a gesture of prayer.

Panel from a Cover for an Icon of the Virgin, Cloisonné enamel, gold, copper, Byzantine

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