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Diptych, 3 registers, 6 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 3 registers, 6 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Wing, right

Wing, left

Religious. Passion.

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Copenhagen, Nationalmuseet

Inv. 10358

Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 260mm
Width: 270mm (open)

Wing, left
Register 1: Raising of Lazarus. Entry into Jerusalem.
Register 2: Last Supper with saint John the Evangelist leaning on Christ's breast; Christ feeding Judas across the table; Judas reaching out for a fish; ewers.
Register 3: Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter; saint Peter sheathing his sword after cutting off Malchus' ear; soldier with heart-shaped shield with a face; Death of Judas (Judas hanging).
Wing, right
Register 1: Christ washing the feet of the apostles.
Register 2: Agony in the Garden (Christ at Gethsemane); trees.
Register 3: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; Longinus with spear kneeling in prayer; Stephaton giving Christ vinegar; Stephaton holding a bucket; sun and moon.
Incised trefoils.

Koechlin Number: 0790

Koechlin 1924: French, 3rd quarter of the 14th century.
Liebgott 1985: Paris, c. 1375.
Museum's opinion 2013: Paris, c. 1375.


Three hinges.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy: gold (Christ's hair, along the hems, cross, architectural details); brown (hair and beards), green (crown of thorns), red (lips).

Flat and smooth.

Registered in the inventories of Det kgl. Kunstkammer (the Royal Danish Kunstkammer, 1650-1825) of 1690 and 1689; after the Kunstkammer was dissolved the piece appears in the inventory of det kgl. Kunstmuseum (the Royal Danish Art Museum, 1825-1867) of 1825, in the inventory of Museet for Nordiske Oldsager (Museum of Northern Antiquities, 1819-1892) of 1848.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), Appendix, p. 488.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 285, 291; II, no. 790.
N. K. Liebgott, Elfenben - fra Danmarks Middelalder (Copenhagen, 1985), pp. 68-70, fig. 64.
B. Gundestrup, Det Kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 (Esbjerg, 1991), vol. II, p. 184.
P. Grinder-Hansen, Nationalmuseets vejledninger, Danmarks middelalder og Renæssance (Copenhagen, 2002), p. 37.


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