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Gabled polyptych (tabernacle; colonnettes) (Front)

Gabled polyptych (tabernacle; colonnettes) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Ravenna, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Inv. n. 1065

Ivory;metal (hinges;clasp and other fittings)

Height: 140mm
Width: 135mm
Depth: 20mm (open)

Wings, left
Register 1: Annunciation; vase of lilies.
Register 2: Adoring Magi (part of an Adoration of the Magi). Centre panel Seated Virgin and Child; brooch; angel crowning the Virgin; Christ standing on the Virgin's left knee; blessing gesture.
Wings, right
Register 1: Nativity with the Virgin holding Christ (Virgo lactans); swaddled Christ.
Register 2: Presentation in the Temple with the Virgin holding Christ.
Border of dentils. Rosettes in the gables on top of the centre part.

Koechlin Number: 0152

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd half of the 14th century.
Martini and Rizzardi 1990: Northern France, mid 14th century (?).
Martini 2004: Paris, 1360-1380.


Two sets of two later hinges on either side.

Flat and smooth.

Object Condition
The underside has crosshatching and a large hole.

Classense collection, i.e. collection assembled by the Camaldolese monks of Sant'Apollinare in Classe near Ravenna, acquired mainly during the 18th century; with the suppression of religious orders in 1797, the possessions of Ravenna's important abbeys passed on to the Comune of Ravenna; in 1804, the Museo Classense Municipale was established, which would become in 1885 the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), Appendix, p. 361, no. 15.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 126, 127, 129; II, no. 152.
C. R. Morey, 'Italian Gothic Ivories', in Medieval Studies in Memory of A. Kingsley Porter (Cambridge, Mss., 1939), no. 26, p. 194.
Avori bizantini e medievali nel museo nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini and C. Rizzardi (Ravenna, 1990), no. 24, pl. XVIII.
La collezione degli oggetti in avorio e osso. Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini (Ravenna, 2004), pp. 37, 57 no. 24.


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