Pendant Brooch with Cameo of Enthroned Virgin and Child and Christ Pantokrator
The elaborately carved cameo depicts the enthroned Virgin and Christ Child flanked by archangels, a subject often depicted in the apse of Orthodox churches. On the reverse of the gold case is an image of Christ Pantokrator, which would have been found in the dome of a church. The frame is typical of the Rus’, peoples of the north who had been converted by the Orthodox Christian clergy of Constantinople and who thus prized Byzantine works.
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