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Writing tablet, 2 registers, 5 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Writing tablet, 2 registers, 5 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts



Height: 115mm
Width: 74mm

Register 1: Presentation in the Temple; two maids holding a candlestick and a basket of doves brought as offerings; Christ standing on the altar between the Virgin and Simeon.
Register 2: Miracle of the Cornfield; peasant; soldier in armour; Flight into Egypt.

Randall 1993: North Italian, 2nd quarter of the 14th century.


Traces of three missing hinges on the left side.

Raised border. Recessed to receive wax. Three indents in the lower border.
Traces of glue. Horizontal incised division about half way up the back of the panel.Label with blue ink inscription (20th century): '13325 L 909 Pair French Katl KELF ca.[?]'.

Object Condition
Five holes on the right side, two on the left side (plugged).

This piece functioned as a pair with 57-44-1, also in Richmond, and these two pieces probably formed the covers of a set of writing tablets.

Collection of count Gregorii Stroganoff, Rome; bought thanks to the Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund.

R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 210.


© Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photography: Travis Fullerton.
Image credit line: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund.

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