Steatite Plate of the Cathedral of Toledo
This Steatite Plate (Placa de Esteatita in spanish) belongs to the Byzantine sculpture from around the IX century. From the IX century, in the second period, the iconography is enriched with new compositions as the evangelical cycle. the life of the Virgin, the consecration of the Emperor and the cycle of the Twelve Feasts. The steatite is a soft and easily cut stone found worldwide.
The translation of the capital to Constantinople and the division of the Roman Empire are two fundamental facts for Western art history. The Roman art, when contact with Eastern Hellenic elements is transformed. The importance of Byzantium is enormous, both for their own artistic creations as being transmitting the Eastern Christian art.
In conclusion, this is a forgotten piece, of which there is not much information. Occasionally it is well to remember that these artworks exist.
It is located in the Cathedral of Toledo, in Toledo, Spain.