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Base (?) with ogee arches (fragment), carved on four sides (Side 2)

Base (?) with ogee arches (fragment), carved on four sides (Side 2)
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Religious. Life of Christ. Saints.

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Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Inv. F 65


Height: 61 mm
Width: 32 mm
Depth: 20 mm

Side 1: Adoration of the Magi; angel crowning the Virgin; clouds.
Side 2: saint John the Baptist holding the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei); camel hide. Saint Catherine of Alexandria with wheel and martyr's palm. Saint Michael and the devil.
Side 3: Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; titulus with inscription 'INRI'.
Side 4: Saint Anthony abbot with tau-headed staff (?). Saint Christopher carrying Christ across the river; blessing gesture. Martyrdom of saint Sebastian; saint Sebastian tied to a tree; arrows.
Angels above the arches (some of them seem to be musician angels).

Kryzhanovskaya 2014: Germany, 1st half of the 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy (brown).

Carved on all sides.

Object Condition
Missing: angels' heads, above the arches.

This piece is hollow with a smaller projecting rectangular rim at the base which must have allowed it to be fitted onto another part, possibly made of a different material. The rim is interrupted on side 2, as if to allow another section to slide in.
In its upper part, a projection with a hole on either side seems to suggest that it may have been hung at some point. A wedge-shaped piece of ivory or bone with a rosette (probably later) has been used to close what must have originally been a hole in the top side of the upper projection.
M. Kryzhanovskaya suggests it may have been a pomander or part of a rosary (Kryzhanovskaya 2014).

Collection of Alexander Petrovich Basilewski (b. 1829, d. 1899), Paris, acquired between 1874 and 1884; transferred to the Hermitage in 1885.

A. Darcel, A. P. Basilewski, Collection Basilewski. Catalogue raisonné (Paris, 1874), no. 565.
N. Kondakov, Imperatorskii Ermitazh. Ukazatel' otdeleniia srednikh vekov i epokhi vozrozhdeniia [Guide to the Department of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance of the Imperial Hermitage] (Saint Petersburg, 1891), no. 51, p. 157.
Zachodnioeuropejska rzezba z kosci w latach 1100-1290 ze zbiorow Panstwowego Ermitazu v Leningradzie, exhibition catalogue, Warsaw, The National Museum, 1981, no. 25.
Zapadnoevropeiskoe prikladnoe iskusstvo srednikh vekov i epokhi Vozrozhdeniia iz kollektsii A. P. Bazilevskogo, exhibition catalogue, Leningrad [Saint Petersburg], The State Hermitage Museum, 1986, no. 25.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, Western European Medieval Ivories. Catalogue of the Collection (Зaпaднoeврoпeйскaя рeзнaя кoстъ Срeдних вeкoв. Кataлoг кoллeкции), (Saint Peterburg, 2014), no. 131.


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