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    Sale 7661

    Icons and Artefacts from The Orthodox World

    24 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    A STEATITE ICON OF ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN BYZANTINE, 12TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A STEATITE ICON OF ST. JOHN THE THEOLOGIAN BYZANTINE, 12TH CENTURY
    The mourning figure of the saint from the scene of the Crucifixion, preserved half length, raising his right hand to his head, the left to his chest in a gesture of speech, with an ornamented halo, identified by his name incised in the background
    1½ x 1 1/8 in. (3.8 x 2.8 cm)


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    Literature

    For an extensive study on the steatite icons and comparable examples, see: Ioli Kalavrezou-Maxeiner, "Byzantine Icons in Steatite" in Byzantina Vindobonensia XV/1-2, Wien 1985, Nr. 52