Plaque with Two Saints, Silver, parcel gilt, Byzantine

Plaque with Two Saints

6th century
Made in Syrian, Antioch
Silver, parcel gilt
Overall: 10 1/16 x 8 11/16 x 1/2 in. (25.5 x 22 x 1.3 cm)
Overall (Mount): 11 7/16 x 9 1/2 x 5/8 in. (29 x 24.1 x 1.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
The two saints stand holding books and supporting between them a large cross. The youthful figure at the left and the bearded one at the right closely resemble early depictions of the evangelists John and Matthew. The plaque may have been a cover for a religious text.
[ Fahim Joseph Kouchakji, New York (sold 1945)]; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1945–sold 1947)]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

The Dark Ages: Loan Exhibition of Pagan and Christian Art in the Latin West and Byzantine East. Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Art Museum, 1937. no. 85, p. 36, ill.

Miner, Dorothy, ed. Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore: Walters Art Museum, 1947. no. 391, p. 86, pl. LIV.

Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 9, pp. 30-1, 252.

Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 585, pp. 619-620.