Tusk Fragment with Apostle (Saint Mark?) on Throne, Surrounded by Followers in Front of a City
second half of the 6th century (?)
Made in Syria or Egypt (Alexandria)
5 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. (15 x 12 cm)
Musée du Louvre, Département des Objets d’Art, Paris (OA 3317)
Not on view
A group of men in courtly dress flanks an enthroned figure, possibly Saint Mark, the first bishop of Alexandria. The followers may represent the patriarchs who succeeded Mark as the Christian leaders of the city. Animated onlookers peer from the windows of the elegantly carved cityscape.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.