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Gabled panel (probably a pax), 1 register, 1 arch across (baiser de paix) (Back)

Gabled panel (probably a pax), 1 register, 1 arch across (baiser de paix) (Back)
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Zürich, Swiss National Museum

AG 1317


Height: 170mm
Width: 80mm
Depth: 9 mm

Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; titulus; angels holding the sun and moon.
Rosette in the gable.

Koechlin Number: 0427

Koechlin 1924: France, beginning of the 2nd third of the 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2013: 14th century.


Smooth, with longer edges chamfered. Crosshatching on a vertical strip down the middle, corresponding to two holes, certainly to secure a handle. Trace of ivory repair to one of the pinnacles.
Ink inscription: 'Valeria in Sitten' (see Provenance field).

Object Condition
Missing: large piece removed at the foot of the cross; hands of both angels; head of the right hand side angel, face on the angel to the left; left forearm and hand of the Virgin; pinnacle on either side of the gable (two holes in the upper left part of the piece, presumably to fix a replacement pinnacle, a fragment of which remains, visible from the back) and possibly foliated decoration at the apex of the gable.
Two central holes, presumably to attach a handle to the back of the piece.

From the Convent of Notre-Dame de Valère, Sion (Valais); acquired from the Antiquarian Society (Antiquarische Gesellschaft) in Zurich.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 202, 205; II, no. 427.


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