Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Four Evangelists

Date: 11th century

Geography: Made in Cologne, Germany

Culture: Ottonian

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (15.6 x 9.5 cm)

Classification: Ivories

Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941

Accession Number: 41.100.169


In the four corners of this image, the Evangelists take active poses, each receiving his symbol as though inspired through it. In the lower left, the lion seems to speak to Mark, and in the lower right, the ox seems to open Luke's eyes. Above, the angel grasps Matthew's shoulders, and John turns his face to the eagle. In the center, Christ is dynamically posed, seated with bent legs and yet apparently set to burst the mandorla around him.