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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: The Emperor Otto I (962-73) Presenting a Model of His Church at Magdeburg to the Enthroned Christ in the Presence of Saints Peter and Mauritius (?) and Other Saints
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 962
Creation End Date: 968
Creation Date: 962-968
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ivories
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: 5 x 4 1/2 in. (12.7 x 11.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 41.100.157
Credit Line: Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
One of the most famous ivory carvings to survive from the tenth century, this plaque depicts Christ enthroned against an open worked checkerboard background. He is blessing a model of a church presented to him by Emperor Otto the Great (r. 955-970) and a host of saints including Peter, who holds his attribute, the keys. The ivory was destined for Otto's imperial church dedicated to Saint Mauritius in Magdeburg (Saxony) which was raised to the seat of an archibishopric in 968. This plaque, and an accompanying series of New Testament and symbolic scenes, must have been made for the dedication of the church in that year. This ensemble may have been part of some liturgical furnishing such as a chancel door, a pulpit, or an altar frontal. Probably carved in Milan, an important imperial and artistic center, the engaging style of the ivories with their uncomplicated figures, geometric setting, and emphatic gestures seem to assimilate features of both the Carolingian artistic tradition and that of Byzantium.
AMICA ID: MMA_.41.100.157
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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