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Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquettes) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquettes) (Front)
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Baltimore, Walters Art Museum

Inv. 71.214


Height: 142mm (left wing); 143mm (right wing)
Width: 186mm; 92mm (left wing); 94mm (right wing)
Depth: 11mm

Wing, left
Standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); angel crowning the Virgin; two angels holding candlesticks; Virgin holding a flower in her right hand; Christ seated on left arm.
Wing, right
Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; Sun and Moon.
Trefoils with protruding cones in the spandrels.

Randall 1985: French or German (?), 3rd quarter of the 14th century. Attributed to the Master of the Berlin Triptych (Berlin Master).
Detroit 1997 and Museum's opinion 2010: German (Cologne), c. 1350-1375.

Master of the Berlin Triptych (Berlin Master) (Randall 1985)

Traces of two missing hinges.

Object Condition
Missing: candle.

Bought by Henry Walters before 1931; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.

R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), no. 301.
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. 202-203, no. 43.
H. Krohm, 'Die mittelalterliche Elfenbeine' in KulturStiftung der Länder, Patrimonia 193 (2001), pp. 6-35, fig. 11.
A. von Hülsen-Esch, 'Paris-Köln und zurück. Gedanken zur Madonna von Ochtrup-Langenhorst und der Elfenbeinproduktion im Rheinland', in Luft unter die Flügel... Beiträge zur mitterlalterlichen Kunst: Festschrift für Hiltrud Westermann-Angerhausen, ed. by A. von Hülsen-Esch and D. Täube (Hildesheim, Munich and New York, 2010), p. 182, fig. 10.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, pp. 574-5, in relation to no. 168.


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