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Wing, left (fragment of a diptych), 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquette) (Front)

Wing, left (fragment of a diptych), 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquette) (Front)
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Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Inv. AN1685 A.584


Height: 110mm
Width: 60 mm
Depth: 9 mm (8mm minimum depth)

Resurrection; two angels standing on the tomb; blessing gesture.
Medallions containing quatrefoils enclosing protruding cones in the spandrels.

Koechlin Number: 0506

London 1923: French, 1st half of the 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: French, 1st quarter of 14th century.
Warren 2014: probably French (or English?), 2nd quarter of the 14th century.


Traces of two missing hinges on the right side.

Flat and smooth. Traces of glue.
Handwritten ink inscription: ‘584 (Dr. Plot’s catalogue Liber Decani Aedis Christi. Date 1691)’ and ‘537' (on label), '(catalogue of 1756)’. Label with inscription ‘Ashmolean’.

Object Condition
Upper left corner and edge damaged. Right protruding cone broken.
Missing: hands of the angel on the left and Christ’s nose. Christ’s thumb is chipped.
Two central holes in the upper part of the panel.

Probably collection of John Tradescant (at least from 1656); collection of Elias Ashmole (d. 1692); given by him to the Museum in 1683; Department of Western Art (WA1908.187); transferred to the Department of Antiquities in May 2008).

'Liber Domini Decani Aedis Christi', The Book of the Dean of Christ Church, c. 1684-90 (Ashmolean Manuscript 8, fol. 33r, no. 584).
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. 584).
'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. 537).
P. B. Duncan, A Catalogue of the Ashmolean Museum, descriptive of the Zoological Specimens, Antiquities, Coins, and Miscellaneous Curiosities (Oxford, 1836), no. 324 (described as 'Christ giving a blessing').
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. 11.
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Carvings in Ivory, exhibition catalogue, London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1923, no. 103, pl. XXXI.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924),I, p. 206; II, no. 506; pl. XCI.
A. MacGregor, Tradescant’s Rarities: Essays on the foundation of the Ashmolean Museum, 1683; with a catalogue of the surviving early collections (Oxford, 1983), pp. 283-4, no. 232, pl. 117.
A. MacGregor, Ashmolean Museum Oxford: Manuscript catalogues of the early museum collections 1683-1886, pt.1 (Oxford, 2000), p. 55, no. 584; p. 193, no. 537.
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. 584.
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. 161.


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