Byzantine Ivory Panel Depicting the Baptisim

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 29 September 2016

A figure of the young Christ stands full-face up to the waist in water. To the left, St. John, the Baptist, stands and leans forward upon a rock. One of his hands rests upon Christ's head. At the upper part of the panel, the hand of God appears, with rays of light. A dove, issuing from the God's hand, holds a shallow bowl in its beak. An angel appears in the background and to the right; he holds what seems to be a garment. The River Jordan is also depicted. This ivory panel may have been part of a larger sequence devoted to scenes from the life of Christ. Byzantine, 6th century CE. From modern-day Egypt or Syria. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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