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Centre panel (fragment of a triptych or polyptych), 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; colonnettes) (Back)

Centre panel (fragment of a triptych or polyptych), 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; colonnettes) (Back)
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Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Inv. AN2008.10


Height: 120mm
Width: 72 mm
Depth: 13 mm (12mm minimum depth)

Register 1: Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; Longinus piercing Christ's side; Stephaton giving Christ vinegar.
Register 2: seated Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); two standing angels holding candlesticks.
Blind arches. Tracery.

Porter 1974: French, late 13th century.
Warren 2014: Spain or England (?), c. 1275.


Traces of two missing hinges on either side.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy (dotting along the hems).

Flat and smooth. Some scratches.
Incised illegible handwritten inscription. White label cointaining the inscription: ‘4’. Handwritten ink inscription in the lower left corner: ‘M.198’ (Mallett inventory number).

Object Condition
Missing: pinnacles; part of Longinus' and Stephaton's spears. Top and bottom edges crosshatched and with holes.
Repairs where the hinges once were.

Possibly collection of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (b. 1812, d. 1852); does not feature in the Pugin sale, February 1853. Collection of Henry Oppenheimer (b. 1859, d. 1932), London: his sale, Christie's, London, 15-17 July 1936, lot 170. Collection of John Francis Mallett; his bequest to the Museum in 1947; Department of Western Art (WA 1947.191.198); transferred to the Department of Antiquities in May 2008.

D. A. Porter, Ivory Carvings in Later Medieval England 1200-1400, State University of New York at Binghamton, PhD 1974 (Ann Arbor, 1986: University Microfilms International) , p. 91, fig. 36.
C. Wainwright,’Pugin’s Grand Passion’, in Country Life (9 June 1994), pp. 96-99, fig. 7.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 52.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, no. 157.


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