The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 29, 2016

Ivory Plaque with Enthroned Mother of God ("The Stroganoff Ivory"), 950-1025

ivory, 25.3 x 17.2 x 1.8 cm (9 15/16 x 6 3/4 x 11/16 inches). Gift of J. H. Wade 1925.1293

The Mother of God is seated on a lavishly carved, high-backed throne. Two angels hover above, drawing attention to the Christ child poised in her lap. Representations of the enthroned Virgin and Child have a long tradition in Byzantine art, stretching back as far as the 6th century. With one hand raised in blessing, the other holding a scroll, Christ is portrayed here as an emotionless and supernatural child, visualizing for the pious beholder the mystery of his incarnation.

Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery: "Early Christian and Byzantine Art" April 25 - June 22, 1947.
The CMA: The Twentieth Aniversary Exhibition, "The Official Art Exhibit of the Great Lakes Exposition" 1936, no. 10.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "The Glory of Byzantium" March 3 - July 6, 1997, cat. no. 87, p. 14.
Athens, Greece, Benaki Museum, "Mother of God: Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art" October 16, 200-January 14, 2001; exh. cat. no. 19, p. 302, color repr. p. 303.
The CMA: "Object Lessons: Cleveland Creates an Art Museum" June 7--September 8, 1991
Bavarian Nationalmuseum, Munich (5/10/2007 - 9/16/2007), the J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles (10/30/2007 - 1/20/2008) and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2/13/2009 - 6/7/2009): "Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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