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Plaque from a Portable Altar: Zacharias at the Altar

Plaque from a Portable Altar: Zacharias at the Altar

c. 1100-1125

Ivory

Overall: 8.6 x 7.7 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance in memory of J. H. Wade 1926.212

Description

This delicate ivory plaque may once have decorated a side of a portable altar. It likely depicts the angel of the Lord appearing to the priest Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, at the altar in the temple. Like the identity of the object in Zacharias’s hands, the identity of the couple accompanying the priest remains unclear.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Romanesque
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Ivory
Medium: 
Ivory

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