- Museum number
Medallion; gold. Formed from two embossed sheets shaped as discs, set back to back and joined at the edges; surrounded by swaged gold wire. A loop of ridged gold is attached by a single shackle hinge. On the obverse: Adoration of the Magi, approaching from left, Virgin and Child seated to right, angel and star above; below, an inscription. On the reverse: Ascension, Christ standing in a Mandorla, supported by four angels, above the Virgin and twelve apostles; inscription.
- Production date
Diameter: 57.80 millimetres
Height: 67.90 millimetres (including loop)
Weight: 22.17 grammes
Depth: 6.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Parallel: Madrid, Museo Arqueológico Nacional, inv. 1963/56/1 (Lecturas de Bizancio: el legado escrito de Grecia en España, Madrid, 2008, cat.11).
Lab Report: Medallion; 90% gold, 7% silver, 2.5% copper on a sulphur core.
Suspension loop; 70% gold, 5% silver, 25% copper.
- On display (G41/dc13)
- Exhibition history
2012-2013 11 Nov-25 Aug, USA, Art Institute of Chicago, Tradition Transformed: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum
2010 26 Feb-13 Jun, Germany, Bonn, Kunst and Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Byzantium: Splendour and Daily Life
2008-2009 25 Oct-22 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Byzantium 330-1453 AD
2007 20 Apr-19 Sep, London, The British Library, Sacred: Discover What We Share
1995-1996 25 Oct-21 Jan, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire County Museum, We Three Kings
- Associated titles
Inscription from: John 14:27
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Sotheby's sale 8.7.1981.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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