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Panel (probably a writing tablet), 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures; tablette à écrire) (Back)

Panel (probably a writing tablet), 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures; tablette à écrire) (Back)
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Religious. Saints.

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Zürich, Swiss National Museum

LM 17


Height: 115mm
Width: 72 mm
Depth: 7 mm

Saint John the Baptist holding the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei); camel hide; standing Virgin and Child; Virgin holding a flower in her right hand; saint Catherine of Alexandria with wheel and sword; saint Catherine of Alexandria trampling emperor Maxentius; angels holding navettes and swinging censers.
Pinnacles; pointed trefoils.

Museum's opinion 2013: 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy: gold (crowns; agnus Dei; wheel; hair; architectural details).

Reverse of the Crucifixion scene divided into 5 compartments, the central one being circular. This may indicate that this panel originally was part of a set of writing tablets.
Three incisions in the thickness of the ivory, on the left side.
Label with inscription: 'P No. 9675'. Ink inscription: 'Els [?] Jacob Christen'.

Object Condition
Edge of the border of the circular recess at the back chipped. Chip to the left border also when viewed from the back.

Collection of Jacob Christen (19th century; see inscription on the back). Acquired by the museum on 14 January 1893 from Speich, art dealer in Wetzikon, near Zürich.


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