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Openwork triptych, 1 register (ajouré) (Front)

Openwork triptych, 1 register (ajouré) (Front)
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Front (open)

Wing, left

Centre panel

Wing, right


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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 674 (almost completely destroyed)


Height: 92mm
Width: 62mm (centre panel); 30mm (each wing)

Wing, left
Swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; sword pointing towards the Virgin's chest; queen kneeling in donor position; cloth; head of God the Father.
Centre panel
Crucifixion; Longinus standing in prayer; Stephaton holding a bucket; angels holding Instruments of the Passion (nails; crown of thorns); soldiers throwing dice for Christ's seamless garment; rugged cross.
Wing, right
Saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; feet ascending a ladder.
Trefoils and pointed trefoils.

Vöge 1900: German, 14th century.
Volbach 1923: Germany, 2nd half of the 14th century.
Dokumentation 2006: Germany, 2nd half of the 14th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy and gilding (Volbach 1923).

Object Condition
Almost completely destroyed: one fragment from the right wing and one from the left have survived.

Nagler collection, Berlin; acquired by the Kunstkammer in 1835; undocumented after 7 April 1945; two fragments returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 131.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 50, pl. 55.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 242.


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