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.
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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