Ivory Panel, carved with standing figures, Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John, below a pierced canopy; four holes for attachment in the raised border. Period: Middle Byzantine circa: 10thc. Materials: Ivory. British Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January, but is open every other day of the year. Fast facts about the British Museum: Founded: 1753, Collection size: 8 million objects, Oldest object in the collection: Stone chopping tool (nearly 2 million years old).
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