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Pax (baiser de paix) (Front)

Pax (baiser de paix) (Front)
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Nantes, Musée Thomas Dobrée

Inv. 969.7.27

Ivory;wood (later handle)

Height: 113mm
Width: 87mm
Depth: 6mm

Saint Roch with pilgrim's staff and hat uncovers his leg to show a sore to an angel; dog carrying a loaf of bread; hat decorated with a motif of crossed keys.
Crosshatched background; columns.

Museum's opinion 2013: France, last quarter of the 15th century.


Curved. The handle which was originally set into a chamfered slot has been replaced with a wooden handle.
Label with inscription: 'coll Dr Thoby. XVI'.

Object Condition
One hole in the upper part of the pax and one on either side.

Collection of Dr Thoby, Nantes (no. XVI; bought from the art dealer Mochard (?) on 15 May 1964): his bequest to the museum in 1969.

P. Thoby, carnet n° 48, Ivoires, Dossier Thoby, Archives du musée Dobrée [s.d.; handwritten], no. XVI.
Art médiéval de France: collections du Musée Thomas Dobrée de Nantes, exhibition catalogue, Fribourg, Musée d'art et d'histoire de Fribourg, 22 June-24 September 1972, no. 97.
Art et liturgie au Moyen Âge, exhibition catalogue, Angoulême, Chambéry, Caen, Nantes, Nice, December 1976-January 1978, no. 164.


© Cliché Chantal Hémon, Musée Dobrée, Conseil général de Loire-Atlantique, Nantes.

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