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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ. Life of Christ.

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Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Inv. F 1955

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 138 mm
Width: 186 mm (open)
Depth: 7 mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Ascension; Virgin and apostles; angels praying.
Register 2: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds; musician shepherd golding bagpipes; musician shepherd holding a shawm; sheep.
Wing, right
Register 1: Pentecost; dove of the Holy Spirit; apostles; angels praying.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi; horses.

Kube 1925: France, 14th century.
Kryzhanovskaya 2014: France, 2nd half of the 14th century.


Two later hinges

Flat and smooth.

Object Condition
Central hole in the upper part of each panel. Discolouration on the reverse.

Collection of Mikhail Petrovich Botkin (b. 1839, d. 1914), Saint Petersburg, since 1897; acquired by the Hermitage in 1919.

Ukazatel' vystavki starinnykh khudozhestvennykh predmetov i kartin v pol'zu uchrezhdenii, sostoiashchikh pod pokrovitel'stvom ee i. v. vel. kniagini Marii Pavlovny (Saint Petersburg, 1897), no. 13, p. 59.
A. N. Kube, Reznaia kost'. Katalog [Ivory Carvings Catalogue Hermitage], (Leningrad [Saint-Petersburg], 1925), no. 75.
Rzemioslo artystyczne zachodniej europy od XI do XVI wieku, ze zbiorów panstwowego ermitazu w Sank Petersburgu [Western European artistic handicrafts from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries], exhibition catalogue, Malbork, The Malbork Castle Museum, 1994, no. 45, fig. 28.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, Western European Medieval Ivories. Catalogue of the Collection (Зaпaднoeврoпeйскaя рeзнaя кoстъ Срeдних вeкoв. Кataлoг кoллeкции), (St Peterburg, 2014), no. 94.


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