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Panel - The Virgin Hodegetria

The Virgin Hodegetria

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Byzantine Empire (made)

  • Date:

    late 9th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Elephant ivory, stained green, with wax restorations

  • Museum number:

    A.1-1912

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a fragment of a relief in ivory stained green, depicting the head and part of the figure of the Virgin (a Virgin Hodegetria) whose right hand is extended across her breast. There are traces of a foot and the right hand of the Child with two fingers extended blessing. The statuette is Byzantine, made probably in the late 9th century. It is also said that this object came originally from Syria. It is probably part of the same Deësis triptych as the figure of Christ, A.4 -1910.

Physical description

The head and the central part of the figure of the virgin, her right hand extended across her breast; there are traces of a foot and the right hand of the Child with two fingers extended blessing.

Place of Origin

Byzantine Empire (made)

Date

late 9th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Elephant ivory, stained green, with wax restorations

Dimensions

Height: 13.5 cm, Width: 4 cm

Historical context note

This is a fragment of a larger relief of the Virgin Hodegetria, with only the head and part of the figure of the Virgin surviving.

Descriptive line

Panel, part of a relief in ivory stained green, The Virgin, Byzantine, probably late 9th century

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

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1927-1929. Part I. p. 40.
Goldschmidt, Adolph and Weitzmann, Kurt. Die Byzantinischen Elfenbeinskulpturen . II, 150.
Williamson, Paul. Medieval Ivory Carvings. Early Christian to Romanesque. London, V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2010, pp. 66, 7, cat.no. 12

Production Note

Byzantine Empire. Also said to came originally from Syria. Probably part of the same Deësis triptych as the Christ, A.4-1910

Materials

Ivory; Wax

Techniques

Relief; Staining

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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