Skip to main content

Christ in Majesty: M.14-1904

An image of Plaque

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Christ in Majesty


Production: Unknown




An ivory plaque
Christ seated on a throne, blessing and holding an open book, is surrounded by an oval laurel wreath and a raised band of ornament. In the spandrels are the symbols of the Evangelists, except top left corner where St Matthew himself is seen writing in a book on a desk. The ground is gilt, probably modern.


History note: 1901: Barrois & Ashburnham Coll. Sale (cat. no. 191)

Legal notes

McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4 cm
Height: 15.3 cm
Width: 13.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


9th Century
Circa 800 CE - Circa 900 CE



This plaque was removed from a (probably) 19th century binding made to cover The Reichenau Epistolary, a 10th century Gospel also in the Museum's collection (MS McClean 30).

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Backing composed of wood (plant material) cardboard

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1904
Primary reference Number: 31612
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Christ in Majesty" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-06-16 20:19:12

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Christ in Majesty |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-06-16 20:19:12|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Christ in Majesty"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Christ in Majesty</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...