Initial O with Tobit, Tobias, and the Archangel Raphael

Italian, mid-14th century
Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment
Metropolitan Museum of Art, bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, 31.134.6

This episode is in Book 5 of the Book of Tobit, one of the deuterocanonical books in the Catholic Bible. The blind Tobit commissions Raphael to guide his son Tobiah on a mission to collect a debt. The image here shows Raphael as an angel, but in the story he appears to father and son as an ordinary young man.

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Photographed at the Metropolitan by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.