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Ezekiel's Vision of the Sign
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Ezekiel's Vision of the Sign "Tau" (Ezekiel IX:2-7)


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This plaque was once part of an altar cross on which a series of images illustrated Old Testament events (such as Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac) foreshadowing the Crucifixion. It depicts a vision of the prophet Ezekiel, who saw all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, except for those righteous ones whose foreheads had been marked with a sign, punished by death for their sins. According to the Latin text of the Bible used during the Middle Ages, this sign was T-shaped.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/25/1965Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Museum of Biblical Art, New York; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. 2008-2009.
Provenance Chigi Collection, Rome; Ettore Sestieri, Rome, by purchase; Joseph Brummer, New York, by purchase; Sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 14, 1949, no. 709; Walters Art Museum, May 14, 1949, by purchase.
Inscriptions Vir vestit(us) lineis cum at(ra)mentario: "A man clothed with linen with a writer's inkhorn." Non signati pereu(n)t: "Those who do not bear the sign (T) perish." Tau crucis est signum sed magno nomine dignum / Nam premit interitum quod crucis est mertum: "T is the symbol of the cross and, as such, worthy of great name / Since it conquers death, a virtue that belongs to the cross."
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

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Period
mid 12th century (Medieval)
Medium
champlevé enamel, copper gilt
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.616
Measurements
2 15/16 x 2 3/16 in. (7.5 x 5.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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