Christ Crowning Romanos and Eudokia (“Romanos Ivory”)

Christ Crowning Romanos and Eudokia (“Romanos Ivory”)

Date ca. 945-49 CE

Movement Early Christian

Medium Ivory

Dimensions 9.75 x 6.125″

Housed at Cabinet des Médailles, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris


Here, Christ crowns the emperor and empress. Contrasting forms and poses are employed here as well: Christ wears relaxed, form-fitting garbs, as he stares into the heavenly distance; however, the poses of the imperials and their patterned robs are stiff, while their stares gaze inward. The composition of the piece recalls the upper panel of the Harbaville Triptych, suggesting a closeness between the heavenly and earthly rulers.