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Medallion (Front)

Medallion (Front)
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Repository Institution

Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art



Height: 71mm (diameter)
Width: 69mm
Depth: 12mm

Annunciation; dove of the Holy Spirit; Christ Child holding a cross.

Schnitzler, Volbach, Bloch 1964: South German, c. 1500.
Wixom 1972: 15th century.
Randall 1993: Upper Rhenish, 3rd quarter of the 15th century.
Detroit 1997: German (Upper Rhine), c. 1460-1480.
Museum's opinion 2010: German (Upper Rhine?), c. 1460-1480.


Object Condition
Two holes, one near the centre (plugged) and one in the upper part, probably for hanging. One fragment to the right of the angel was broken and reattached.

The edge of the roundel is incised. The composition is based on an engraving by the upper Rhenish engraver Master E. S. (active ca. 1450-1467)

Collection of E. and M. Kofler-Truniger, Lucerne. Bought from Leopold Blumka, New York in 1971, thanks to the Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund.

H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach, P. Bloch, Skulpturen, Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz Europäisches Mittelalter, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, 2 vols (Lucerne, 1964), no. S.133.
G. Smith, Reflections of a Pattern Print by Master E. S. Passion Cycles in Mother of Pearl', in Pantheon 26 (1968), pp. 430-439.
The Cleveland Museum of Art Year in Review, 1971.
Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 59 (January 1972), no. 28.
W. D. Wixom, 'Twelve Additions to the Medieval Treasury', in Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 59 (April 1972), p. 106, fig. 46.
Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook (Cleveland, 1978), p. 78.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 170.
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, no. 76.


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