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Triptych, 2 registers, 3 and 4 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Wing, left)

Triptych, 2 registers, 3 and 4 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Wing, left)
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Centre panel

Wing, right



Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Providence, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art


Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 127mm
Width: 205mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Christ appearing to one of the Holy Women.
Register 2: three seated kings, ancestors of the Virgin.
Centre panel
Register 1: two seated kings (misreading of the Coronation of the Virgin in the Notre-Dame portal); two kneeling angels holding candlesticks.
Register 2: Assumption (Virgin borne to Heaven by angels); shrouded body of the Virgin; Christ and apostles.
Wing, right
Register 1: Noli me Tangere (Christ appearing to saint Mary Magdalene); Christ as a gardener; spade.
Register 2: three seated prophets.

Museum's opinion 2012: 19th century (following the unpublished opinion of Dr. Rudolph Berliner, 1952).


Two hinges on either side.

Flat and smooth.
Chamfered longer edges. Pencil inscription: 'Rocs du Ciel'.

Fern Helen Rusk (1918) has shown that the scenes in this diptych are copied after the sculptures of the Virgin portal and of choir reliefs of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. This triptych is in a wooden frame with 18.089, also in Providence.

Collection of George A. Hearn (at least 1908-1918): his sale, 1918, lot 1002; gift of Edward J. Lownes to the Museum in 1918.

G. A Hearn and W. Staton Howard, The George A. Hearn Collection of Carved Ivories (New York, 1908), no. 15.
Fern Helen Rusk [Mrs John Shapley], 'A Copy after Sculptures of Notre-Dame-de-Paris', in American Journal of Archaeology, XXII, no. 4 (1918), pp. 428-433.


Conway Library © Courtauld Institute of Art.
Credit Line: Gift of Edgar J. Lownes 18.090.

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