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Medieval Stone Cameo Medallion - PF.6178
Origin: Eastern Europe
Circa: 950 AD to 1500 AD
Dimensions: 2.5" (6.4cm) high
Collection: Byzantine Art
Medium: Stone

Additional Information: SOLD
Location: United States
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Medieval Europe was an era of fervent religious piety. The church was firmly entrenched within the foundation of society. Spectacular churches were erected across the land to honor Christ. Religious scholars heatedly debated the nature of God and the doctrines of Christianity. While these magnificent churches stand to this day, testaments to the dedication of the people, they symbolize the power and authority of the religious institutions. Philosophical treaties reveal the very nature of belief; however, they are often impersonal and convoluted. A relic such as this stone medallion at first might not seem as impressive or insightful as other more noted remnants of the medieval era; yet personal possessions of piety reveal how religion impacted individuals in a way buildings and theories cannot. This medallion, carved with an image of Christ in low relief, would have been a treasured relic of an important and wealthy individual. A halo crowns the bearded head of Christ, revealing his divine nature, as he forms a sign of benediction with his right hand. The inscription on either side translates as, "Lord." The relatively diminutive size of this medallion suggests that it might have been carried, possibly along a pilgrimage route. This medallion is a personal relic that puts us in direct touch with the relationship between belief and the individual during the Medieval era. - (PF.6178)


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