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Gabled pax (baiser de paix) (Back)

Gabled pax (baiser de paix) (Back)
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London, Victoria and Albert Museum



Height: 109 mm
Width: 81 mm

Annunciation with angel coming from the right; Virgin at a prie-Dieu; open book; sceptre; dove of the Holy Spirit; scroll with inscription 'AVE GRACIA PLENA'.
Foliated decoration in the spandrels; twisted columns.

Williamson and Davies 2014: probably Northern French or Parisian, late 15th century.


Curved. The handle which was originally set into a chamfered slot in the back has been lost.
Modern ink inscription: 'Ivory pax with Annunciation. Late 15th century'.

Object Condition
Some cracks on surface. Crack in the upper border.
Central hole in the upper part of the piece. Chipped at the back.

Hearn collection, Menton (probably acquired after Alfred Williams Hearn's death in 1903 by his widow Ellen Hearn; may be the 'baiser de paix' listed in her notebook,, bought at Eastbourne from Thomas Sutton in July 1905 and previously in the Willett collection); given by Mrs Hearn to the museum in 1923.

P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), no. 142.


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