This ivory plaque depicts Christ's crucifixion with Mary and St. John the Evangelist mourning at either side of the cross. The plaque was originally the center of a triptych. 2nd half 10th century (Medieval)
Rome vers 400 Partie latérale d'un feuillet de diptyque en cinq parties : Guérison de l'hémorroïsse, du paralytique, du possédé Ivoire H. : 19,70 cm. ; L. : 7,90 cm. ; Pr. : 0,80 cm. Des fragments provenant du même diptyque sont conservés aux musées de Berlin, Munich et Nevers, l'ivoire de l'Ascension de Munich pouvant constituer l'une des parties centrales.
Late 10th century Byzantine; This plaque depicts the Crucifixion with the mourning Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist. Apart from the inclusion of a canopy supported by columns, this ivory also differs from its contemporaries in its style; here the artist has carved his figures with much rounder faces and softer folds of drapery. The plaque was originally part of a triptych... It was originally part of a group of ivories called the Nicephoros Group
Byzantine Ivory, 10th century; The Crucifixion is one of the most common themes carved on Byzantine ivory triptychs. While Saint John the Evangelist usually carries a Gospel Book, this ivory depicts him with both hands raised in adoration. The Virgin's hands are covered with a fold of her mantle, a gesture of indicating grief. All of the faces have been worn down over time, a clear indication that the ivory was stroked and rubbed during devotional prayers (actually likely kissed in…