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"In Thee Rejoices," Feast Scenes, and Saints


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Description The central scene of this ivory represents the composition "In Thee Rejoiceth", based on a liturgical hymn that exhorts all of creation to sing praises to the Virgin. Mary is shown enthroned in Paradise, holding her son Jesus and surrounded by angels. Below, the faithful are offering her their praise. The image is framed by scenes corresponding to the twelve major feasts of the Orthodox Church: the Holy Trinity (represented as the three angels that appeared to Abraham at Mamre), Annunciation, Nativity, Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Baptism, Transfiguration, Entry into Jerusalem, Raising of Lazarus, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, and Dormition (Death) of the Virgin. Saints Basil and Gregory are depicted in the lower left and right corners. On the back are Saints Nicholas, Athanasius, and Sergius of Radonezh (?); Saint George killing the dragon; Prophet Isaiah, Saint Ambrose, Saints Stephen and Nicetas; Saints Catherine, Barbara, and Parascheve. Small panels of the present kind were used as personal prayer images, and this one carries in the lower frame the name of its original owner, Athanasius Isaacovich Olgov.
Exhibitions
  • A Millennium of Christianity: Russian Art from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
  • Seeing Music in Medieval Manuscripts. 2014.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] On the face: Ѡ тобѣ радоуетсь, ωбрадованаiа, всѧ тварь. [О тебе радуется, обрадованная, вся тварь; [Translation] In thee rejoiceth, O Full of Joy, all creation. [Transcription] On the back, in the lower frame: Aθонаса Iсакова с(ы)на Ѡлгова. (Афанасий Исакович Ольгов); [Translation] Belongs to Athanasius, son of Isaac Olgov
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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Period
17th century (Early Modern)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.261
Measurements
H: 2 15/16 x W: 2 3/8 x D: 3/8 in. (7.5 x 6 x 1 cm)
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