Christ and the Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Date: c. 1050

Place of Production: Fulda, Germany(?)

Description: Haloed Christ, at the centre of the carving, stretches out his hands to show his wounds. He is flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists (Matthew the man, Mark the lion, Luke the bull, and John the eagle). The little objects adorning the central panel are thought to be clouds, perhaps indicating the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The aesthetic of this ivory suggests its production in Fulda, where similar illuminations decorated manuscripts.

Held at: Metropolitan Museum of New York

Accession Number: 17.190.51

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