Christ in Majesty on a Late Antique eulogia token in the British Museum

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Kristus v majestátu na pozdně antické poutní upomínce (eulogia) z Britského muzea
Author: O'Connor, Lucy
Source document: Convivium. 2014, vol. 1, iss. 2, pp. 74-87
  • ISSN
    2336-3452 (print)
    2336-808X (online)
Type: Article
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A miniature eulogia token in the collection of the British Museum was originally listed in the register as depicting Christ's Ascension into Heaven, yet its composition incorporates features that evoke images of the Adored Christ. This paper analyes the iconography on a number of comparable Late Antique pilgrimage eulogia produced in the Levant, revealing that this unique token would more accurately be defined as the Adoration of Christ in Majesty. The token also provides evidence of the prophylactic and apotropaic properties attributed to blessings of holy soil from sacred sites. The unusual composition of the artefact considered here offers a rare insight into the developing iconography displayed on Late Antique pilgrimage eulogia.
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