This is a 6th century consular dyptich and an early version of the Virgin and Christ child.
It was a wonderful learning experience to go through it. As you can see, I decided to change the faces quite a bit to make them more in line with what we see in icons today, but I stayed very close to the clothing and the ornamentation. This particular carving was paid for through the patronage of Stephen Murray Thibault.
Another carving I made from the drawings was based on the famous Palermo mosaic of Christ creating the heavenly bodies.
Going through this image three times was very productive in terms of studying the clothing and its multiple folds. This carving and the drawings are thanks to the patronage of Shane Patton.
I am looking forward to making more of these carvings as the project continues to grow.
Thanks to all for your support!