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Ivory Panel: Otto II (c.983)

Ivory relief of Christ crowning Emperor Otto II (973-83) and his wife Theophanu. Otto married Theophanu, niece of the Eastern Roman Emperor John I Tzimisces, on April 14, 972, and became sole emperor in 973. The subject and composition strongly indicate the work of a Byzantine artist working in the West, and illustrate the close ties between the two cultures in the early Middle Ages.

Photo © Holly Hayes.