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Diptych, 2 registers, 6 and 5 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Wing, left)

Diptych, 2 registers, 6 and 5 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Wing, left)
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Wing, right

Subject
Religious. Life of Christ.

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Toronto, The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

29109

Ivory;metal (hinges;clasps and chain for hanging)

Height: 167mm
Width: 118mm (closed); 237mm (open)
Depth: 11mm
Weight: 562g (including chain, c. 15g?)

Wing, left
Register 1: Raising of Lazarus; Martha and Mary, his sisters; onlookers blocking their nose against the dead man's smell; Lazarus, wrapped in a shroud, emerges from the tomb.
Register 2: Crucifixion, with spear or jet of blood pointing towards the Virgin's chest; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls.
Wing, right
Register 1: Entry into Jerusalem; foal of the she-ass.
Register 2: Entombment with the Virgin embracing Christ; angel holding an aspergillum.

Lowden 2008 and Museum's opinion 2008: Germany (Saxony or Thuringia), c. 1350-1375.


Attribution
Unknown

Reverse
Flat and smooth.

Object Condition
Missing: jet of blood partly broken.
Right wing broken around the lower hinge.

Provenance
Major Astor collection, at Hever Castle (Kent): sold, Sotheby's, London, Hever Castle sale, 6 May 1983, lot 242. Thomson Collection, Toronto: acquired, 6 November 1992 from Galerie Charles Ratton - Guy Ladrière, Paris (see their catalogue 'Le Monde médiéval', Paris, 12 March-12 April 1991, pp. 16-17), through Richard Camber, London; since 2008, The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto.

Bibliography
J. Cherry, J. Lowden, Medieval Ivories and Works of Art: The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Ontario, 2008), cat. 27.


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