Byzantine Ivory Panel Depicting the Adoration of the Magi

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 26 September 2016

The Virgin, in the center, sits and holds the child Christ in her lap. To the left behind her right shoulder, an angel carries a cross-staff. The 3 Magi (dressed in trousers, chlamyses and Phrygian caps) present their offerings with veiled hands. The lower smaller register depicts the Nativity. The Virgin lies on a mattress at the left. A child lies in a manger and is flanked by an ox and ass. The star of Bethlehem appears above him. In front of the manger, Salome extends her withered hand to the child. This ivory panel may have been part of a larger sequence devoted to scenes from the life of Christ. Byzantine, circa 500-550 CE. From a monastery at Thessaly, Greece. (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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