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Pectoral Icon with the Baptism of Christ and the Deesis
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Pectoral Icon with the Baptism of Christ and the Deesis


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Description This delicately carved pendant in a silver frame was worn on the chest by a bishop or abbot. Christ stands in the center flanked by John the Baptist on the left and a group of five angels on the right. Christ, John, and the first two angels are shown standing on snakes or dragons in an allusion to Psalm 73:13: "You divided the sea by your might: you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters." The other side of the pendant contains a composition known as "Deesis", where the Virgin and John the Baptist flanks Christ and address to Him a prayer for the salvation of humankind.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/02/1959Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
18th century (Early Modern)
Medium
boxwood, gilded silver
(Wood)
Accession Number
61.145
Measurements
4 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 1/2 in. (10.8 x 7.3 x 1.3 cm)
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