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    Sale 7542

    Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World

    26 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 53

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL "THE CHIEF COMMANDER"

    BYZANTINE, 14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BRONZE FIGURE OF ARCHANGEL MICHAEL "THE CHIEF COMMANDER"
    BYZANTINE, 14TH CENTURY
    The archangel shown frontal, full-length, dressed in military attire, with a cape and large wings, his halo with circular patterns, holding a herald-staff and raising a scimitar, the cast figure with engraved and punched details
    5¾ x 3¾ in. (14.5 x 9.5 cm)


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    The sword with the curved blade held by the archangel was part of the armour used by the Ottomans when fighting the Byzantines. The fact that here it is held by the archangel in a position of attack, might have an allegorical function, implying that the enemies of the Empire will be defeated eventually by their own weapons.

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    Provenance

    The Charles Pankow Collection, San Francisco; Sotheby's Antiquities Sale, New York, 1-2 January 1984, lot 105; Lester Wolfe; Charles D. Kelekian, New York