This is a ceramic tile icon was created in the tenth century by a Byzantine
artist and is approximately w16.4 x
h16.7 x d0.8 cm. The place of origin is
unknown, however, the ceramic tile is similar to ones made in Constantinople
(present day Istanbul, Turkey). More
details: On the ceramic tile Saint Nicholas is shown raising his hand in
blessing and holding the Gospels in his left hand which is covered as a sign of
respect. This ceramic tile is one of the finest in the Walters collection,
which includes over 1,000 fragments, the largest such group outside of Turkey.
The tiles were most likely attached to a church wall as part of a frieze
containing saint portraits and ornamented (non-iconic) pieces.