A steatite icon of a female saint recently found in Acre

Galit Noga-Banai, Eliezer Stern

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A fragment of a relief icon, made of steatite plaque, depicting a female saint,was recently found in Acre (Akko) in northern Israel. The plaque has lost the head of the saint, but enough is left of the figure to discern that the pose of the female saint is typically Byzantine. Moreover, the drapery shows stylistic affinities with Komnenian art. The plaque is the first steatite icon found in Palestine and could have arrived in Acre from abroad. The archeological context suggests that it might have been venerated in Acre anytime between the Crusader and the Ottoman periods.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalByzantinische Zeitschrift
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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