Description This ivory follows the common model of a Byzantine scene of the Virgin on her deathbed surrounded by Christ, the apostles, and angels. Here, the Virgin's child-like soul is depicted twice: on the left, an angel receives the soul; on the right, the same angel carries it to paradise. Since the figures' eyes and noses are similar to those carved on ivories in 11th-century Germany, this plaque may be a western European copy after a Byzantine prototype.
- Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Henri Daguerre, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926
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