An antique gold, enamel and diamond-set pendant, circa 1880 in the form of a cross centering a reliquary (empty) with rose and old mine-cut diamonds, lapis lazuli and enamel detail representing four apostles, Mark with the lion, Matthew with the angel (obliterated), John with the eagle, and Luke with the bull
Historiated initial ‘I’(nitium) of Mark and his lion writing the Gospel, from the Worms Bible, Germany (Middle Rhineland), 3rd quarter of the 12th century The four Evangelists are often shown being assisted by their animal (or angelic) counterpart in the tasks of writing their Gospels. . On the folio above, St Mark is writing the opening words of his Gospel attended by his lion, who helpfully holds the Evangelist’s ink-horn in his teeth while simultaneously serving as a bookstand.
St Mark The evangilist Icon painted in egg-tempera on wood prepared with linen and gesso. Subject: St Mark seated in front of a stylised architectural setting, his gospel and writing desk by his right knee; above his head in a hemisphere is the symbol of the evangelist, the eagle with a book in its claws.