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Gabled panels, 3 registers, 1 arch across (fragments from a polyptych; tabernacle) (Front)

Gabled panels, 3 registers, 1 arch across (fragments from a polyptych; tabernacle) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Perugia, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

Inv. 869/357

Ivory;metal (remains of hinges)

Height: 294mm (outer panels); 274mm (inner panel)
Width: 32mm
Depth: 5mm

Wings, left
Register 1: crowned Virgin kneeling. Angel holding Instruments of the Passion (nails; spear).
Register 2: Annunciation with angel coming from the right. Visitation.
Register 3: adoring Magi (part of the Adoration of the Magi).
Wing, right
Register 1: saint John the Baptist kneeling or saint John the Evangelist kneeling.
Register 2: Nativity with Virgin holding the swaddled Christ.
Register 3: Simeon (part of the Presentation in the Temple).
Angels swinging censers in the spandrels.

Koechlin Number: 0180

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd half of the 14th century.
Santi 1969: France, early 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2011: France, c. 1300-1330.


Traces of missing hinges on all panels.


Object Condition
Broken around the hinges.

The centre part would originally have shown Christ in glory, possibly in a Last Judgement composition in the upper register, and the Virgin and Child in the lower register. The Adoration of the Magi scene was originally completed by the standing Virgin and Child depicted in the centre part of the tabernacle.

Acquired before 1886 (mentioned in the 1886-1890 inventory) by the Musei Civici, Perugia; passed into the collection of the Galleria Nazionale before 1919.

A. Lupattelli, Indicazione degli oggetti nei musei di antichità Etrusca, Romana e Medioevale esistenti nell'Universita di Perugia (Perugia, 1882), p. 68.
U. Gnoli, 'Avori francesi nella Galleria Nazionale di Perugia', in Bolletino d'arte 13 (1919), pp. 110-111, fig. 4.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 132; II, no. 180.
F. Santi, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria. Dipinti, sculture e oggetti d'arte di età romanica e gotica (Rome, 1969), no. 127.


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