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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Naples, Museo Duca di Martina

Inv. 1531 (Inv. Soprintendenza 243)

Ivory;metal (remains of hinges)

Height: 140mm
Width: 140mm (open)
Depth: 7mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Resurrection of Lazarus.
Register 2: Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter.
Wing, right
Register 1: Crucifixion; Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls. 
Register 2: Resurrection; two angels kneeling on the tomb; three soldiers asleep.
Pointed trefoils in the spandrels; beaded borders.

Naples 1981: inspired by Ile-de-France diptychs, last quarter of the 14th century.


Traces of two missing hinges.

Flat and smooth. Longer edges chamfered, especially along the inner side.

Object Condition
Cracked along the lower borders.

The scenes seem to have been copied from a diptych formerly in the Kofler-Truniger collection (S. 99).

Collection of Placido de Sangro, Duke of Martina (b. 1829, d. 1891) (collection assembled in the 2nd half of the 19th century): given by his heirs to the city of Naples in 1911; housed at the Villa Floridiana since 1931.

A. O. Quintavalle, 'Medioevo ignorato. Avori gotici nelle pubbliche collezioni napoletane', in Crisopoli (1934), pp. 295-299, fig. 17.
Medioevo e produzione artistica di serie. Smalti di Limoges e avori gotici in Campania, ed. by P. Giusti, P. Leone de Castris, exhibition catalogue, Naples, Museo Duca di Martina, 1981, no. II.11.


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