Plaque with Saint Paul


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

The typical image of Saint Paul—with a long face, receding hairline, and pointed beard—was established during the first centuries of the Christian church. Here Paul holds a book, an appropriate symbol for the author of many of the texts of the New Testament. This plaque and the one showing Saint Peter under a similar arch may have flanked a lost central panel depicting Christ, as parts of an icon, or religious devotional image.

Plaque with Saint Paul, Silver, originally partially gilt, Byzantine

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