Medallion with Saint Peter from an Icon Frame


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303

These nine medallions are from a group of twelve that once surrounded an icon of the archangel Gabriel. The medallions may have been sent as a gift from the Byzantine court to the neighboring Christian state of Georgia. The three medallions across the top form a Deesis, with Christ between the Virgin and Saint John the Forerunner (the Baptist). Below is the hierarchy of the Church: apostles (Saints Peter and Paul), evangelists (Saints Matthew and Luke), theologians (Saint John the Theologian), and, across the base, military saints (Saint George).

Medallion with Saint Peter from an Icon Frame, Gold, silver, and enamel worked in cloisonné, Byzantine

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