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Opening Virgin (Vierge ouvrante) (Front)

Opening Virgin (Vierge ouvrante) (Front)
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Side, left


Front, open


Religious. Life of Christ.

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Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Inv. E 17226

Bronze (hinges);ivory

Height: 205 mm
Width: 50 mm (closed)
Depth: 44 mm

Standing Virgin holding a sceptre and a book; crown.
Wing, left
Register 1: Carrying of the Cross; soldier with whip.
Register 2: Adoring Magi (continued on the centre panel to form the Adoration of the Magi).
Centre panel
Register 1: Crucifixion; Longinus piercing Christ's side; Stephaton giving Christ vinegar; Virgin and saint John the Evangelist (?).
Register 2: standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); two angels holding candlesticks.
Wing, right
Register 1: Deposition; Joseph of Arimathea holding Christ's body.
Register 2: Presentation in the Temple; Christ standing on the altar (Simeon missing).
PInnacles; pointed trefoils in the spandrels.

Kryzhanovskaya 2014: 19th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy: blue, green and violet (architectural details and clothes).

Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Minor cracks and damages in places.
Missing: candles held by the angels in the centre panel.

The base is made of a different piece of ivory.

Transferred from the Gosudarstvennii Muzeinii Fond (GMF - State Museum Collection) to the Hermitage in 1951.

Srednevekovoe prikladnoe iskusstvo Zapadnoi Evropy iz sobraniia Gosudarstvennogo Ermitazha v g. Sankt-Peterburge: kratkii katalog vystavki, exhibition catalogue, Vyborg, Vyborg Historico-architectural and Fine Arts Museum, 1993, no. 47.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, Western European Medieval Ivories. Catalogue of the Collection (Зaпaднoeврoпeйскaя рeзнaя кoстъ Срeдних вeкoв. Кataлoг кoллeкции), (Saint Petersburg, 2014), no. 206.


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