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Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquettes; frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquettes; frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Salzburg, Salzburg Museum

Inv. 20-32

Ivory;brass (hinges)

Height: 98mm
Width: 134mm
Depth: 8mm (open)
Weight: 129g

Wing, left
Death of the Virgin (Dormition); Christ holding the soul of the Virgin; apostles.
Wing, right
Coronation of the Virgin; angels swinging censers.
Pointed trefoils. Border of dentils.

Koechlin Number: 0519

Österreichische Kunsttopographie 1919: French, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: French, mid 14th century.
Rohrmoser 1984 and Museum's opinion 2010: Mosan or Middle Rhineland, c. 1350.


Two hinges (one broken).

Inscription on the back of the right wing: 'T. Kanzow'.

Object Condition
Missing: pieces of the upper and lower borders of the right wing.
Two pieces of the lower border of the right wing have become detached. Vertical break through the centre of the right wing. Vertical narrow break in the upper part of the left wing.

Close to British Museum, 1894,0309.24 (Dalton 355).

Formerly collection of T. Kanzow (inscription).

Österreichische Kunsttopographie (Vienna, 1919), XVI: Die Kunstsammlungen der Stadt Salzburg, p. 255, no. 1.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 214; II, no. 519; III, pl. XCII.
Meisterwerke aus dem Salzburger Museum Carolino Augusteum, ed. by A. Rohrmoser (Salzburg, 1984), no. 16.
P.-A. Mariaux, 'Moulage, faux et copie, Note sur l'origine d'un ivoire gothique du Musée historique de Lausanne', in Zeitschrift für Schweizerische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte, 53 (1996), p. 18, fig. 3.
H. J. Ranz, 'Die Restaurierung eines Elfenbeindiptychons', in Ars sacra: Kunstchätze des Mittelalters aus dem Salzburg Museum, ed. by P. Husty and P. Laub (Salzburg, 2010), pp. 235-240.


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