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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across, bands of rosettes (frise d'arcatures; décor de roses); reused as part of a reliquary (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across, bands of rosettes (frise d'arcatures; décor de roses); reused as part of a reliquary (Front)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin. Life of Christ.

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Sassoferrato, Raccolta Perottiana


Ivory;gilded wood and metal, glass, parchment (frame), relics (?)

Height: 270mm
Width: 220mm (frame)

Wing, left
Register 1: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers.
Register 2: Nativity (Virgo lactans) and Annunciation to the Shepherds.
Wing, right
Register 1: Coronation of the Virgin; angels swinging censers; two kneeling angels holding candlesticks.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi.
Pointed trefoils.

Museum's opinion 2013: France, 14th century.


Traces of two missing hinges.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive later gilding and polychromy: gold (hair, beards, along the hems, cushion, rosettes, architectural details, etc.), red (lips, lining of garments, architectural details), blue (lining of garments, architectural details).

Flat and smooth. Possibly traces of raised borders which have been filed (?). Some scratches. Inscriptions: 'N. 13'; '6'; '22'. Blue and white label with ink inscription: 'Inventario No. 13'.

The inscriptions on the pieces of parchment enclosed in the small compartments refer to various relics (from left to right): ' De statue domini', 'Marie Magdalene'/ 's. joh[ann]is baptiste', 's. xpistofori m[arti]r'/[...]/ 'Lapide s[ancti] Stepp[han]i', 's[anct]e Matie (?)'/'a[n]g[e]lus [...] Calvari', 'S[ancte]' Katherine v[er]gi[n]e'/[...].

Collection of Niccolò Perotti (b. 1429, d. 1480): his gift to the community of Sassoferrato in 1472.


© Raccolta Perottiana - Comune di Sassoferrato (AN).

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