Byzantium, Constantinople, Byzantine period, 10th-11th centuries
Medieval Art 
Overall - h:25.30 w:17.20 d:1.80 cm (h:9 15/16 w:6 3/4 d:11/16 inches)
Gift of J. H. Wade
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.