Cameo with Christ Emmanuel, Steatite, beige, Byzantine

Cameo with Christ Emmanuel

Date:
1200–1400
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Steatite, beige
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/8 x 13/16 x 1/4 in. (2.9 x 2 x 0.6 cm)
Classification:
Steatites
Credit Line:
Purchase, William Kelly Simpson Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.23
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
Images of Christ Emmanuel represent the Logos, or preexistent Word of God.

Steatite, easily carved stone, usually soft green or buff in color, came to be widely used for the production of small icons.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: 'Jesus Christ' flanking halo by shoulders a fragmentary inscription: 'Emmanuel'
Derek Content, Israel; Benedicte Oehry, Zurich (sold 1987)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Seventeenth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1986, through June 30, 1987." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 117 (1987). p. 35.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 112, p. 94.

Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, and Robert Hallman. "The Arts of Byzantium." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 58, no. 4 (Spring 2001). p. 60.

Evans, Helen C., ed. Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557). New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004. no. 146, p. 238.