Icon With Crucifixion
The Icon with the Crucifixion is left with no specific name because it is a broken remaining from a triptych from the mid 10th century. The piece is Byzantine style and is made of ivory. The piece is very small, around only 15.1 x 8.9 x 0.8 cm. The piece depicts Christ slumped on the cross in a lifeless form. Additionally, John and Mary are on either side of the cross mourning the loss of Jesus. Below him, there are roman soldiers playing for Christ’s royal robe now that he is dead. At the bottom of the icon there is a man depicted as Hades with the cross piercing his stomach. Hades is the ruler of the underworld which shows the triumph of Christ over sins and death as he stabs the underworld with his deathbed. There is incredible detail in the carving of this pieces although the figures and their clothing are very stylized. This piece is effective in portraying frustration with the Romans as well as pity and respect for the lord and savior.