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Relief Image of Jesus Christ
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Relief Image of Jesus Christ

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Description This relief was once part of a larger object, probably a decorated metal sheet that covered a painted icon for protection and embellishment. Christ, holding a Gospel book in one hand and making the sign of blessing with the other, would originally have faced a portrait of the object's donor. The Greek inscriptions, "Jesus Christ" and "Who I Am" (in the halo, Exodus 3:14), show that Byzantine influence continued in Georgia well after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The ornamental background is inspired by Islamic art: at the time the piece was made, Georgia was politically dependent on Persia (Iran) and Ottoman Turkey.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Jacques Zolotnitsky ("A la Vieille Russie"), Paris, before 1930, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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17th century (Early Modern)
silver gilt
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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4 1/8 x 2 1/16 in. (10.5 x 5.3 cm)


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