Collection online

triptych / religious/ritual equipment

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Triptych; ivory; in the central panel stands the Virgin Hodegetria; on the side leaves an angel and two saints in medallions; on the left St Nicholas and St Theodore, and on the right St John Chrysostom and St George.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 10thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 184 millimetres (centre)
    • Height: 171 millimetres (leaf)
    • Width: 114 millimetres (centre)
    • Width: 52 millimetres (leaf)
    • Width: 60 millimetres (leaf)
    • Depth: 21 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published: A. Goldschmidt and K. Weitzmann, Die Byzantinischen Elfenbeinskulpturen des X.-XIII. Jahrhunderts, Vol. 2, Reliefs, Berlin, 1934, no. 78a, b, 119, pl. XXXI, with the earlier provenances and bibliography of the ivory. M. Vassilaki (ed.), Mother of God: Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art, Athens (Benaki Museum), 2000, no. 60 (A. Eastmond).


  • Bibliography

    • Goldschmidt & Weitzmann 1934 78 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc14/sB

  • Exhibition history


    2015 30 Apr- 22 Aug, USA, Clinton, Museum of Russian Icons, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian Icons 1200 to 1900. 2015 15 Sep-10 Jan, USA, Norfolk, Chrysler Museum of Art, Byzantium to Russia: The origins and development of Russian icons 1200 to 1900.
    2000 16 Oct-2001 14 Jan, Greece, Athens, Benaki Museum, The Mother of God

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Accepted in part satisfaction of the estate duty payable on the death of Sir Harold Wernher in 1975 (Minister for Arts). Formerly in the collections of Soltykoff, Paris 1861; Selliere, Paris 1888; Spitzer, Paris 1893; Hartmann, Alsace; Gibson Carmichael, London 1902; Werhner, Luton Hoo 1912.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: MCB2255

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 


Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help