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plaque / diptych

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    OA.9999

  • Description

    Half of a diptych; ivory; the archangel Michael standing at the top of a flight of six steps under a round arch carved with acanthus ornament and supported by fluted columns; within the arch is a scallop, before which is a wreath bound with ribbons and containing a cross; in the spandrels are rosettes and acanthus leaves, and above a tablet with inscription; the archangel, with no nimbus, holds an orb surmounted by a jewelled cross, and in the other hand a staff with ball at each end.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 525-550 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 416 millimetres
    • Width: 143 millimetres
    • Thickness: 9 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        tablet
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        + ΔΕΧΟΥ ΠΑΡΟΝΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΜΑΘѠΝ ΤΗΝ ΑΙΤΙΑΝ
      • Inscription Translation

        Receive this man, although you know [his] sin
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        reverse (lower text)
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Greek
      • Inscription Position

        reverse (upper text)
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Content

        ΠΑΡΑΚΑΛѠ CE ΔΕCΠΟΤΑ ΕΠΕΙ...
      • Inscription Translation

        I pray you, Lord, ...
  • Curator's comments

    Published: O.M. Dalton, Catalogue of the Early Christian Antiquities ....of the British Museum, London, 1901, no. 295; O.M. Dalton., Catalogue of the Ivory Carvings of the Christian Era....of the British Museum, London, 1909, no 11; C. Delvoye, 'Les ivoires paleobyzantins', Corsi di cultura sull'arte ravennate e bizantina, 1971, 191-220, at 209; W.F. Volbach, Die Elfenbeinarbeiten der Spatantike und des Fruhen Mittelalters, Mainz, 1976, no 109; D.H. Wright, 'Ivories for the Emperor', Byzantine Studies Conference Abstracts 3 (1977), 6-9; K. Weitzmann (ed.), Age of Spirituality (exh. cat.), New York, 1978, no 481; D. H. Wright, 'Justinian and an Archangel', Studien zur Spätantike und Byzantinischen Kunst (Festschrift Deichmann), P. Feld (editor), Univ. Bonn, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, 3, Mainz, 1986, 75-80, pl. 21-24.D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no 64; R. Cormack and M. Vassilaki (eds), Byzantium 330-1453 (exh. cat. Royal Academy of Arts), London, 2008, no. 21, 80 and 383;
    M. Hess, C. Korenberg, C. Ward, S. Robson and C. Entwistle., 'Use of 3D laser scanning for monitoring the dimensional stability of a Byzantine ivory panel', Studies in Conservation 60/S1 (August 2015), S 126- S 133,

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  • Bibliography

    • Volbach 1976 109 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1909 11 bibliographic details
    • Marzinzik 2013 28 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 295 bibliographic details
    • Weitzmann 1979 536 bibliographic details
    • Buckton 1994 64 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc14/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    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
    1977-1978 18 Nov-12 Feb, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Early Christian Art

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    OA.9999


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