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Inv. AN1685 A.583


Height: 73 mm
Width: 34 mm
Depth: 9 mm (7mm minimum depth)

Seated Virgin and Child; Virgin holding Christ with both hands; Christ holding a fruit; Christ seated on the Virgin’s left knee; Christ in long robe; bench; crown.

Koechlin Number: 0685

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd half of the 14th century.
Warren 2014: France, c. 1330-1340.


Carved in the round.
Handwritten ink inscription: ‘583 (Dr. Plot’s catalogue Liber Decani Aedis Christi)’.

Bottom crosshatched, certainly to attach it to a base.

Probably collection of John Tradescant by 1656; collection of Elias Ashmole; given by him to the Museum in 1683; Department of Western Art (WA1908.186); transferred to the Department of Antiquities in 2008.

'Liber Domini Decani Aedis Christi', The Book of the Dean of Christ Church, c. 1684-90 (Ashmolean Manuscript 8, fol. 33r, no. 583).
Liber Domini Vice-Chancellari, fols. 1-137, 'Catalogus Numismatum tum Antiquorum tum modern. A.A.A. quae Cl: Vir. Dns Elias Ashmole Musaeo suo Oxonij prima vice donavit. Anno 1683', The Book of the Vice-Chancellor, 1695 (Ashmolean Manuscript 11, fol. 232, no. 583).
'Liber Domini Aedis Christi Decani', The Book of the Dean of Christ Church, compiled by William Huddesford in 1756 (Ashmolean Manuscript 12, fol. 38r, no. 536).
P. B. Duncan, A Catalogue of the Ashmolean Museum, descriptive of the Zoological Specimens, Antiquities, Coins, and Miscellaneous Curiosities (Oxford, 1836), no. 336.
W. Maskell, Ivories Ancient and Mediaeval in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1872), p. 163.
R. Koechlin, 'Quelques ivoires gothiques français connus antérieurement au XIXe siècle', in Revue de l'Art Chrétien 41 (1911), pp. 281-292, fig. 6.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 244; II, no. 685.
A. Macgregor (ed.), Tradescant’s Rarities: Essay’s on the foundation of the Ashmolean Museum, 1683, with a catalogue of the surviving early collections (Oxford, 1983), pp. 282-3, no. 230, pl. 116.
A. MacGregor, Ashmolean Museum Oxford: Manuscript catalogues of the early museum collections 1683-1996, pt.I (Oxford, 2000), p. 55, no. 583 and p. 193, no. 536.
A. MacGregor and M. Hook, Ashmolean Museum Oxford: Manuscript Catalogues of the early Museum Collections, pt. II: The Vice-Chancellor’s consolidated catalogue 1695 (Oxford, 2006), p. 84, no. 583.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, no. 166.


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