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    Sale 7542

    Icons and Artefacts from the Orthodox World

    26 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER

    BYZANTINE, 14TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER
    BYZANTINE, 14TH CENTURY
    Portrayed frontal, half-length, his right hand raised in benediction, bearing a staff with cruciform finial and supporting the platter (which probably included his decollated head originally), his long tousled hair parted in the centre, his features highlighted with white brushstrokes, the periphery of his halo defined in red, the raiment of skins unusually rendered in blue, the himation in cinnabar, against an ochre background with a raised border
    10¾ x 8½ in. (27.5 x 21.5 cm)


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