Plaque with Saint Peter


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

The typical image of Saint Peter—with a round face, short hair, and a beard—was established during the first centuries of the Christian church. Here Peter stands holding a cross and gesturing as if preaching. At his waist are the keys to the kingdom of heaven, given to him by Christ (Matthew 16:19). The arch flanked by peacocks under which Peter stands is considered a representation of paradise in early Christian art.

Plaque with Saint Peter, Silver, niello, originally partially gilt, Byzantine

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