The Ivory Scepter of Leo VI: A Statement of Post-Iconodastic Imperial Ideology

@article{Corrigan1978TheIS,
  title={The Ivory Scepter of Leo VI: A Statement of Post-Iconodastic Imperial Ideology},
  author={K. Corrigan},
  journal={Art Bulletin},
  year={1978},
  volume={60},
  pages={407-416}
}
  • K. Corrigan
  • Published 1978
  • Art
  • Art Bulletin
  • The Byzantine emperor's claim to divine rule was reinforced through public ceremonial, and the regalia with which he adorned himself for these occasions were a vital part of the image of imperial authority. A unique item of the regalia is preserved in the ivory scepter top that originally belonged to the Emperor Leo VI (886–912) (Figs. 1–2).1 The conjunction of images and inscriptions carved on the scepter provides an unusual key to the intellectual process underlying the object and enables us… CONTINUE READING
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