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Head of crozier (crosse) (Side 2)

Head of crozier (crosse) (Side 2)
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Baltimore, Walters Art Museum

Inv. 71.231


Height: 131-135mm
Width: 116mm (max)
Depth: 26mm

Side 1: Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.
Side 2: Standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); two angels holding candlesticks; Virgin holding a fruit or globe in her right hand; Christ seated on left arm.
Foliated decoration: vine leaves or ivy leaves.

Koechlin Number: 0757

Koechlin 1924: France, mid-14th century.
Randall 1966: Paris, mid-14th century.
Randall 1985: French (Paris), 1340-1350.
Detroit 1997 and Museum's opinion 2010: French (Paris), 1350-1360.


Carved on both sides.

Object Condition
Missing: left hand of the Virgin and right hand of saint John the Evangelist on the Crucifixion side; hands and candle of the angel to the right; socket of the shaft and knop.

John Edward Taylor collection, London (in 1924, cat. no. 82): his sale, Christie's, London, 1 July 1912, lot 82. Bought by Henry Walters from Seligmann Bros. in New York in 1913; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.

Exposition Universelle de 1900, Catalogue illustré Officiel de l'Exposition Rétrospective de l'Art Français (Paris, 1900), no. 153.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 271, 274; II, no. 757.
R. H. Randall, 'The Medieval Artist and Industrialized Art', in Apollo 84 (December 1966), pp. 434-441, fig. 5-6.
W. S. Stoddard, Monasteries and Cathedrals in France: Medieval Architecture, Sculpture, Stained Glass, Manuscripts, the Art of the Church Treasuries (Middletown (Connecticut), 1966), p. 381.
W. D. Wixom, Treasures of Medieval France, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1967, no. 17.
R. H. Randall, Medieval Ivories in the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, 1969), no. 15.
R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), no. 286.
M. Gibson, The Liverpool Ivories: late antique and medieval ivory and bone carving in Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery (London, 1994), p. 81 (with ill.).
Images in Ivory. Precious Objects of the Gothic Age, ed. by Peter Barnet, exhibition catalogue, Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1997, pp. 165-166, no. 28.


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