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

Diptych, 2 registers, 5 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ. Passion. Life of Christ.

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Laval, Musée du Vieux-Château

Inv. 4144


Height: 111mm
Width: 145mm
Depth: 5mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit. Visitation.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi; Virgin seated on a bed; Joseph seated at the head of the bed; midwife (?); bed decorated with diapered patterns.
Wing, right
Register 1: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers; rugged cross; soldier with a sword. 
Register 2: Flagellation; whips. Carrying of the Cross with the Virgin helping Christ; man holding a hammer.
Pilasters; pinnacles; pointed trefoils.

Koechlin 1924: France (?), 19th century.
Museum's opinion 2012: France (?), 15th century or late 18th century-19th century.


Traces of various hinges.

Handwritten inscription: 'no. 15 - 4144/Diptyque XIVs/ou début XVs'.

Object Condition
Broken in three pieces. Holes in the outer borders.

Acquired in 1889.

Exposition Universelle de 1900, Catalogue illustré Officiel de l'Exposition Rétrospective de l'Art Français (Paris, 1900), no. 119.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), II, p. 143 (in relation to no. 338).
Exposition d'Art sacré, exhibition catalogue, Laval, May 1951.
J. Leeuwenberg, 'Early Nineteenth-Century Gothic Ivories', in Aachener Kunstblätter, 39 (1969), pp. 111-148 (p. 131 n. 50).


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