Byzantine / Icon with Saint Demetrios / ca. 950?1000Byzantine
Icon with Saint Demetrios
ca. 950?1000

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Icon with Saint Demetrios
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 950
Creation End Date: 1000
Creation Date: ca. 950?1000
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 3/8 in. (19.7 x 12.1 x 1 cm)
Inscriptions: Inscribed in Greek: Saint Demetrios
Description: Standing erect, spear in hand, Saint Demetrios appears ready to protect the faithful. Among the most popular of Byzantine military saints, his name is inscribed in Greek by his head. Martyred in the second city of the empire, Thessaloniki, in the early centuries of the church, he remains today the patron saint of that city. The cut-out panel at the base of the icon may have supported a standard that would have allowed the image to be carried in processions. The holes in the icon may mean that it was used as a cover for a book in the Latin West.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1970.324.3
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1970
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1970.324.3
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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