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Pectoral Icon

Monastery of Chilandar, Mount Athos

Cameo, 13th century, silver mounts 16th/17th century

Green jasper, engraving, silver, casting, gold plating, enamel

Dimensions of the cameo in with mounts 67x59 mm

MAA Inv. No. 4588

The cameo depicting Christ the Panotocrator belongs to the Byzantine artistic circle of the thirteenth century. Due to its clear stylistic connection with the preserved examples of glyptics from the Monastery Chilandar we can link its origins to this Serbian monastery on Mount Athos. The subdued dark green colour of the jasper, brightened by its intense red highlights, give to this cameo its solemn and serene tone that is partially vivified by the picturesque mounts in which the cameo was subsequently set.

This cameo is of interest to all scholars studying both this specific artistic production of works created in local monastery workshops and their distinctive features in comparison to the workshops in Constantinople.