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Diptych, 1 register, 4 double arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 4 double arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette) (Front)
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Naples, Museo Duca di Martina

Inv. 1532 (Inv. Soprintendenza 257)

Ivory;metal (later hinges)

Height: 146mm
Width: 108mm
Depth: 6mm

Wing, left
Crucifixion with thieves; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers; Longinus piercing Christ's side; Stephaton giving Christ vinegar; man with pincers removing the nail from Christ's feet.
Wing, right
Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas; Arrest of Christ); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter; death of Judas (Judas hanging); Carrying of the Cross; soldier with a shield with a face.
Roses (rosettes). Tracery. Beaded border.

Naples 1981: England (?), 2nd half of the 14th century.


Two later hinges.

Flat and smooth. The right wing has the longer edges slightly chamfered.

Object Condition
Repair visible on the back. Left wing more cracked than the right wing.

This piece is extremely similar to a diptych formerly in the Kofler-Truniger collection (S. 88).

Collection of Placido de Sangro, Duke of Martina (b. 1829, d. 1891) (collection assembled in the 2nd half of the 19th century): given by his heirs to the city of Naples in 1911; housed at the Villa Floridiana since 1931.

A. O. Quintavalle, 'Medioevo ignorato. Avori gotici nelle pubbliche collezioni napoletane', in Crisopoli (1934), pp. 299-301, fig. 21.
Medioevo e produzione artistica di serie. Smalti di Limoges e avori gotici in Campania, ed. by P. Giusti, P. Leone de Castris, exhibition catalogue, Naples, Museo Duca di Martina, 1981, no. II.12.


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