Panel with the Evangelist Mark and His Symbol, carved 1000–1100
Ottonian (probably Cologne, Germany)
Ivory; Overall 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 5/16 in. (13.9 x 10.8 x 0.8 cm)
Inscribed in Latin: [I am] the voice of one crying [in the wilderness] (Mark 1:3)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.36)
This ivory originally decorated the cover of a manuscript—certainly a gospel book—and was accompanied by panels depicting the other three Evangelists. The miniature church architecture resembles monuments still to be seen in Cologne, one of the most important artistic centers of the Ottonian empire.