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Medallion with the Bust of a Bearded Saint

first half of the 11th century
silver and gilding

Not on view


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Additional Image As mounted with BZ.1950.8, BZ.1921.7, and BZ.1921.6
As mounted with BZ.1950.8, BZ.1921.7, and BZ.1921.6
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A small medallion with a bust of a saint holding a book. It apparently belongs to the head or foot of the inner cross of the fragment with the Deësis (BZ.1921.7) its size corresponding almost exactly to that of the medallions of the cross arm. The repoussé portions and borders of both fragments are gilded.

Musée des arts décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Pavillon de Marsan, Exposition internationale d'art byzantin, 28 mai - 9 juillet 1931 (Paris, 1931), no. 439.

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. 24, pl. XXII.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 83.

L. Chuskivadze, "Vizantiiski krest iz Matschvarishi," Zograf 15 (1984), 32, fig. 15.

J.-P. Caillet, "La croix byzantine du museé de Cluny," Revue du Louvre 38 (1988), 214, fig. 15a.

J. A. Cotsonis, Byzantine Figural Processional Crosses (Washington, DC, 1994), no. 3.

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, 1993 - 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.

Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, November 1940.