About this object

Triptych composed of five pieces of ivory: central panel, upper and lower frame bars, wings. One of the most elaborately painted of all Byzantine ivories. Extensive gilding on the central panel; gilding and blue in eyes of figures on right wing; gilding and blue pigment on verso.
Centre: Crucifixion with Virgin (left) and St. John (right. Sun (left) and moon (right) above.
Left wing: The archangel Michael (above), St. Paul (centre) and St. Theodore (below).
Right wing: The archangel Gabriel (above), St. Peter (centre) and St. George (below).
Back of each wing: a cross.
The triptych to which this panel belonged served as a portable icon. This is one of the few Byzantine triptychs to survive in its complete and original state, but for the replacement ivory on the wings.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Western Asia: Turkey: Istanbul
  • Date made
    10th Century AD - 11th Century AD
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory Elephant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    162 mm x 245 mm x 7 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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