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Intaglio with Saint Theodore Teron Slaying a Many-Headed Dragon

Date:
1300 or later
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Agate
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 5/16 x 1 x 1/4in. (3.4 x 2.6 x 0.6cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
Gift of Nanette B. Kelekian, in memory of Charles Dikran and Beatrice Kelekian, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.325.227
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 303
Theodore Teron (the recruit) was one of several soldier-martyrs whose cults were enormously popular in the later centuries of the Byzantine Empire. This intaglio illustrates Theodore’s miraculous slaying of a dragon. The image reflects the revival of classical culture that took place in Byzantium in the 1300s and 1400s; with its naturalistic stance, it recalls classical depictions of Herakles battling the many-headed hydra.
Inscription: Inscribed in Greek: Saint Theodore Teron; (on the reverse) Jesus Christ, Lord, help your servant [whom] you, Holy One, know.
Nanette Rodney Kelekian, New York (until 1999)
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. 148, p. 239.

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