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Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquettes; frise d'arcature); reused as part of the binding of a book (Wing, right (upper cover))

Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquettes; frise d'arcature); reused as part of the binding of a book (Wing, right (upper cover))
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Wing, left (lower cover)


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Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Clm 23643

Ivory;silver (clasp)

Height: 83.5mm
Width: 53.5-54mm
Depth: 3.5mm (ivory panels)

Wing, left
Adoration of the Magi.
Wing, right
Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls.
Border of dentils.

Koechlin Number: 0480

Kehrer 1908-1909 and Koechlin 1924: German with French influence, 2nd half of the 14th century.


Two hinges linking the panels to the ivory strips used as spine.

Pastedown glued onto the back of each panel.

Object Condition
Later drilled holes (plugged with ivory) in the corners of each panel. Broken around the hinges. Cracked.
Missing: lower left corner of the Crucifixion panel; lower right corner of the Adoration panel.

These panels now form the binding of a 1495 copy of the Rule of Saint Benedict (date on f. 85r). This manuscript may have come from the Damenstift of saint Stephen in Augsburg (see R. Schmidt, Reichenau und St. Gallen: ihre literarische Überlieferung zur Zeit des Klosterhumanismus in St. Ulrich und Afra zu Augsburg um 1500 (Sigmaringen, 1985), p. 106). The original left wing is now the back cover and the right wing the front cover of this book. Two additional strips of ivory have been added to form the spine.

H. Kehrer, Die heiligen drei Könige in Literatur und Kunst (Leipzig, 1908-1909), II, p. 163.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 195, 213, 220; II, no. 480.


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