Pectoral with Christ and the Lamb of God and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Date: 1000–1050

Geography: Made in near Saint-Omer

Culture: British or North French

Medium: Walrus ivory with gilt-copper sheets and copper alloy pin

Dimensions: Overall: 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. (14.9 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm)
width with iron pins: 2 11/16 in. (6.9 cm)

Classification: Ivories-Walrus

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.217


Originally this ivory formed the central part of a large and ornate cross worn as a pendant. (The arms of the cross are now missing.) The front, carved in high relief, shows Christ in Majesty, his right hand blessing, his left hand on a book. The reverse presents the Lamb of God surrounded by two of what once were four evangelists' symbols. The pairing of Christ in Majesty with the Lamb of God reflects contemporary interest in Apocalyptic imagery. In its account of the last days, the Book of Revelation discusses and links both images.