• The Iconography of Text: The Placement of an Inscription on a Middle Byzantine Reliquary

    Author(s):
    Brad Hostetler (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Byzantine Studies
    Subject(s):
    Byzantine art, Epigraphy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6WJ3V
    Abstract:
    Dedicatory inscriptions on Middle Byzantine reliquaries convey important information, including the identity of the patrons, the provenance of the relics, and the purpose of the gift. I argue that the placement of the dedicatory inscription in relationship to the image and the contents of the reliquary provides a more nuanced message than that which is explicitly stated in the inscription itself. I present one object as a case study – a reliquary from the Protaton Monastery on Mount Athos that dates between the eleventh and twelfth centuries. I suggest that the inscribed text functions as iconography that is integrated into the reliquary’s visual programme.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    5 months ago
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