Icon of the Lamentation


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303

The Lamentation over the body of the dead Christ is set between mountain peaks. The Virgin embraces Christ as he is being prepared for burial. Similar roughly carved icons have been associated with Venetian imitations of Byzantine art; more recently it has been suggested that they might be mementos of Crusader visits to sites in the Holy Land.

Icon of the Lamentation, Ivory, Byzantine

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