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Wing, left (part of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Wing, left (part of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery



Height: 109mm
Width: 71mm
Depth: 7mm

Saint Peter; standing Virgin and Child; saint Paul with a sheathed sword.

Liverpool Ivories 1954: French, mid 14th century.
Gibson 1994: French, mid 14th century.
Redknap 2007 and Museum's opinion 2010: French (Paris), c. 1340-1360.


Two missing hinges.

Object Condition
Chisel marks on the left edge.

The right wing of this diptych is now in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (NMW 01.335). The pairing was made in 2005 by Dr Mark Redknap, Curator of Medieval & Later Archaeology at Cardiff.

Purchased by Philip Nelson from Charles Angell, antique dealer, 34 Milsom Street, Bath, for £5-10-0, 9 November 1934; purchased from the estate of Philip Nelson by Liverpool Public Museums in 1953.

P. Nelson, 'An Unusual Medieval Ivory', in Acta Archaeologica, VI (1935), pp. 165-166.
Liverpool Ivories: Special Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, London, British Museum, 1954, no. 54.
M. Gibson, The Liverpool Ivories: late antique and medieval ivory and bone carving in Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery (London, 1994), no. 33.
P. Rushton, 'A Liverpool Collector, Dr Philip Nelson (1872-1953)', in Apollo (January 2001), pp. 41-48.
M. Redknap, 'In Holy Union: Gothic ivories reunited', in British Archaeology, 95 (2007), pp.14-15. [accessible online through the British Archaeology website: http://www.britarch.ac.uk/ba/ba95/feat2.shtml; accessed November 2010].


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