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Diptych, 2 registers, 6 arches across (frise d'arcatures); known as the Ulpha Diptych (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 6 arches across (frise d'arcatures); known as the Ulpha Diptych (Front)
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Wing, left

Wing, right

Wing, right

Wing, left


Religious. Passion.

Unknown location


Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 150mm
Width: 210mm (open)
Depth: 18mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Raising of Lazarus. Entry into Jerusalem.
Register 2: Betrayal (Taking of Christ); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter; Death of Judas (Judas hanging).
Wing, right
Register 1: Last Supper with saint John the Evangelist leaning on Christ's breast; Christ feeding Judas across the table.
Register 2: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; sun and moon.
Pointed trefoils in the spandrels.

Unpublished (Fair 1928 does not provide any valid dating/place of origin).


Two hinges.

Said to have come from Furness Abbey (Cumberland). Found 'in an old farm in the Duddon Valley, about 10 miles from the find-spot of the Eskdale example' [see Eskdale diptych] (letter from M.C. Fair to George Zarnecki, dated 26 November 1951; Conway Library). Collection of William Hodgson, Esq.: sold, his sale, Sotheby's, London, 28 October 1954, lot 49. Dormeuil collection, Paris: sold, Dormeuil sale, Sotheby's, Paris, 19 November 2007, lot 20.

M. Fair, 'Two Medieval Ivory Diptychs', in The Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarians and Archaelogical Society 28 (1928), pp. 393-395.
Cumberland News, 2 June 1933.
Connaissance des Arts, 36 (15 February 1955).


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