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English: Ivory panel from a Byzantine diptych. Constantinople (AD 525-550). Archangel Michael. British Museum (London)
Date 2008
Room 41
References British Museum Explore entry
Source/Photographer Michel wal (travail personnel (own work))
British Museum reference OA.9999
Detailed description Diptych leaf with archangel

Constantinople, 6th century AD
Standing beneath an ornate arch, at the top of a flight of steps, the archangel holds and orb and a staff. The Greek inscription, which would have continued on the other leaf read: Receive the suppliant before you, despite his sinfulness.
This is the largest surviving Byzantine ivory panel and probably represents an imperial commission originating from Constantinople. It has been suggested that the angel was presenting the orb to an emperor, perhaps Justinian I (527-565 AD), who was depicted on the other lost leaf.

Size Height: 42.8 cm (16.9 in) Width: 14.3 cm (5.6 in) Depth: 0.9 cm (0.35 in)
Location Room 41


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