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"Constantine and Helena," from the Miaphysite Lectionary

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This manuscript was commissioned for the Syrian Orthodox monastery of Mar Mattai near Mosul and copied by one of its monks. The image of Emperor Constantine and his mother, Helena, holding the True Cross accompanies readings for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The style of their robes and crowns, similar to those found in Arabic illustrated manuscripts of this period, indicates the shared material culture of Christians and Muslims in the Seljuq successor state of Mosul.

#621. "Constantine and Helena," Folio from the Miaphysite Lectionary

"Constantine and Helena," from the Miaphysite Lectionary, Ink, colors, and gold on paper

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