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Russo-Greek triptych, late 17th Century.
Carved ivory and painted wood
Museum number: MP275
The carved ivory plaque in the centre shows the Virgin Nikopoia and Child, surrounded by angels, with John the Baptist and officials in Byzantine court dress. The painted saints on the doors are (left) Athanasius and Cosmas and (right) Irene and Damian.
Purchased by John Soane at the Charles Yarnold Sale (auctioneer Mr. Southgate), 11 July 1825, Lot 99, A triptichon of Greek workmanship, of an early century of the Christian era; the central compartment delicately carved in ivory, represents the Madonna in glory, surrounded by Angels, on each of the doors are two saints, painted on a gold ground. from the collection of Sir Mark Sykes, Bart.', £8.8s'.
J. O. Westwood, A Descriptive catalogue of fictile ivories in the South Kensington Museum 1876, Pl. X, p. 101.
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