Plaque with Christ and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Date: ca. 1050

Geography: Made in possibly Fulda, Germany

Culture: Ottonian

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: Overall: 6 15/16 x 3 7/8 x 5/16 in. (17.7 x 9.8 x 0.8 cm)

Classification: Ivories

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.51


Here, Christ appears to display his wounds. The seven cloud forms may be a reference to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The remarkable detail and overall physical presentation of the subject suggest a close link to manuscript illuminations produced in the monastic scriptorium at Fulda.