Description This box has an image of the Deesis (Christ enthroned between the Virgin and John the Baptist) on one side and a cross engraved on the other. It was once worn round one's neck and contained a small piece of paper inscribed either with a passage from the Bible or with a prayer. It was thus meant to protect its owner. Similar pieces are known to have been widely made for Christians in the Late Ottoman period.
Provenance Harriette H. Rowland, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1955, by gift.
Credit Gift of Miss Harriette H. Rowland, 1955
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