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  • Date:

    4th century-5th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

In the centre is represented the Saviour, young and beardless, without a nimbus, seated on a throne with a round top, upon a large cushion, holding a scroll in His left hand, His right hand raised in benediction with the first and second fingers extended. At his sides are seated, upon curule chairs, St. Paul holding a scroll and St. Peter holding a long staff, the other ten Apostles standing. Adjoining this, Abraham about to sacrifice the infant Isaac, but interrupted by an angel and the hand of God descending from above.


4th century-5th century (made)


Height: 5 in, Diameter: 5.5 in

Descriptive line

Cylindrical pyx, Christ upon a throne flanked by St Paul, St Peter and the ten other Aposetles, fictile ivory of a 4th or 5th century Italian ivory.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Page 272. Westwood number 766
Westwood, J O. A descriptive catalogue of the Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum. With an Account of the Continental Collections of Classical and Mediaeval Ivories. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1876

Subjects depicted

Angel; Hand of God; Ram


Sculpture Collection

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