- Museum number
- Object: Triptych with three scenes: the Women at the Tomb, the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple and the Transfiguration
Icon; painted; the central panel depicts the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple, with Joachim and Anne taking Mary to the temple in Jerusalem where St Simeon, dressed in a red 'himation', greets Mary at the altar; behind them, on the left, are a number of young women; above the altar is the Virgin Mary.
On the left-hand panel are the Women at the Tomb holding bowls of myrrh and standing by Christ's open tomb; at left is an angel, draped in white and seated on a stone, who shows them the empty tomb.
The right-hand panel depicts the Transfiguration, with Christ in a mandorla standing on Mount Tabor. Emanating from Christ are three red rays directed downwards at the apostles Peter, John and James, who fall to the ground. Flanking the mandorla are the prophets Elijah (left) and Moses (right).
Inscription: in Church Slavonic above the Women at the Tomb on the left-hand panel: МИРО[…] (Women carrying myrrh).
Egg tempera and silver, gesso on wood, brass.
- Production date
Height: 10.40 centimetres (centre panel)
Height: 10.10 millimetres (side panels)
Thickness: 1.80 centimetres (centre panel)
Thickness: 1.60 centimetres (side panels)
Width: 25.80 centimetres (centre panel)
Width: 8.20 centimetres (side panels)
- Curator's comments
- The three scenes follow the traditional iconography. Portable triptychs were commonly commissioned by Orthodox people for when they travelled.
Cormack 2007, 125, no. 50
- Not on display
- The triptych combines three 17th-century fragments inserted into new panels and mounted together in a metal frame to form a portable triptych. The painting on all three panels is worn and was partly restored in the 19th century. The paint layer on the background of all three panels has been scraped down to the gesso.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See 1998,0605.1 Most of the items catalogued under 1998,0605 were acquired by Sir Frank Roberts’ wife, Cella.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: IC 50 (Icon Collection number)