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Medallion with Bust of Christ

first half of the 11th century
4.4 cm x 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in. x 1 3/4 in.)
silver and gilding

Not on view


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The bust of Christ, identified by his sigla IC XC is rendered in repoussé. His right hand is raised in blessing; while holding a book in the left. The representation is enclosed in a border of elongated circles inlaid with niello. The arms of Christ's cruciform nimbus end in perpendicular serifs. Part of the niello inlay of the border has been lost.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University, Handbook of the Collection (Washington, DC, 1946), no. 106.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1955), no. 140.

M. Ross, Metalwork, Ceramics, Glass, Glyptics, Painting, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Vol. I, (Washington, DC, 1962), no. 25, pl. XXII.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 84.

J. A. Cotsonis, Byzantine Figural Processional Crosses (Washington, DC, 1994), no. 7, fig. 31.

Exhibition History
Paris, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, "Exposition d'art byzantin," 1931.

Cambridge, Fogg Museum, "A Selection of Ivories, Bronzes, Metalwork and Other Objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 1945.

Dumbarton Oaks, "Byzantine Figural Processional Crosses," Sept. 23, 1994 - Jan. 29, 1995.

Acquisition History
Found in Syria.

Collection of Henry Daguerre, Paris.

Purchased from Joseph Brummer (Paris and New York), 1921.

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C., November 1940.