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Diptych, 2 registers, 1 arch across (Back)

Diptych, 2 registers, 1 arch across (Back)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Bayonne, Musée Bonnat-Helleu

Inv. 419

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 118mm
Width: 129mm
Depth: 9mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Adoration of the Magi.
Register 2: Annunciation; vase; dove of the Holy Spirit.
Wing, right
Register 1: Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; Virgin raising both hands.
Register 2: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds; swaddled Christ.

Koechlin Number: 0280

Gruyer 1902: France, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd third of 14th century.
Paris 1930 and Bayonne 2002-2003: France, 14th century.


Two metal hinges (probably later).

Polychromy - Gilding
Green staining.

Flat and smooth. Traces of glue. Label with inscriptions: '1002', '12', '419'.

Object Condition
Broken around the hinges (repaired with pieces of ivory).
Upper right corner of the left wing broken and glued back into place. Multiple breakages in the left wing with some later repairs (part of the upper edge of the left wing; right hand of the Virgin). Also missing: left hand of the angel in the Annunciation scene.

Collection of Léon Bonnat (b. 1833, d. 1922): his bequest in 1922.

G. Gruyer, Collection Bonnat, catalogue sommaire, Musée de Bayonne (Bayonne, 1902 and subsequent editions), no. 419.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 167; II, no. 280.
Collection Bonnat, catalogue sommaire (Paris, 1930 and subsequent editions), no. 1002.
V. Ducoureau, Le Musée Bonnat à Bayonne (Bayonne, 1988), p. 71 (ill.).
Le Moyen Âge dans les collections du Musée Bonnat, exhibition catalogue, Bayonne, Musée Bonnat, 15 December 2002-30 June 2003, p. 14.


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