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Cameo with the Archangel Michael

Date:
probably late 14th century
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Sardonyx
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/8 x 13/16 x 3/16 in. (2.8 x 2.1 x 0.4 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Sardonyx
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1940
Accession Number:
40.20.58
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
The archangel Michael, commander of the heavenly host, became one of the most popular saints during Byzantium's last centuries. Depictions usually show him in the robes worn by the Byzantine emperor or dressed in armor.
Inscription:
Dr. Leopold Seligmann, Cologne; Milton Weil Collection, Vienna
Athens, GA. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia. "Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762–96)," September 21, 2013–January 5, 2014.

Washington, DC. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. "Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762–96)," February 1, 2014–June 7, 2014.

Ball, Herman, Paul Graupe, Paul Clemen, Otto von Falke, and Georg Swarzenski, ed. Die Sammlung Dr. Leopold Seligmann, Köln: eingeleitet von Paul Clemen, Otto von Falke und Georg Swarzenski. Berlin: Herman Ball & Paul Graupe, April 28–29, 1930. no. 52, fig. XIV.

Kris, Ernst. Catalogue of Postclassical Cameos in the Milton Weil Collection. Vienna, 1932. no. 4, p. 13, fig. II.

Remington, Preston. "The Milton Weil Collection of Cameos and Intaglios." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 35 (April 1940). pp. 76-77.

Evans, Helen C., ed. Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557). New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004. no. 147, p. 239.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cameo Appearances." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 65, no. 4 (Spring 2008). p. 17, fig. 27.

Kirin, Asen, ed. Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1796). Athens, GA; Altona, CAN: Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 2013. no. 28, p. 162.

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