May 14, 2008

Ivory Plaque with Enthroned Mother of God ("The Stroganoff Ivory")

Ivory Plaque with Enthroned Mother of God ("The Stroganoff Ivory")



Overall: 25.3 x 17.2 x 1.8 cm (9 15/16 x 6 3/4 x 11/16 in.)

Gift of J. H. Wade 1925.1293


Did you know?

This ivory is also known as the Stroganoff Ivory because it was once in the collection of Sergei Grigoryevich Stroganoff, a Russian statesman and art historian.


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.

See also
MED - Byzantine
Medieval Art
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Credit line: 
Gift of J. H. Wade

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