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Casket, ogee arches (coffret; box; boite) (Closed)

Casket, ogee arches (coffret; box; boite) (Closed)
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Lid, interior



Body, front

Body, back

End, right

End, left

Religious. Passion. Infancy of Christ. Life of Christ.

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Paris, Musée de Cluny-Musée national du Moyen Âge

Cl. 436

Ivory;wood (inside)

Height: 170mm
Width: 320mm
Depth: 165mm

Register 1: Presentation in the Temple; maid holding a candlestick and a basket of doves brought as offerings. Christ among the doctors. Baptism of Christ by saint John the Baptist; angel holding Christ's tunic. Marriage-feast at Cana (?).
Register 2: Entry into Jerusalem. Last Supper with saint John the Evangelist leaning on Christ's breast; conflated with Meal at Bethany (at the house of Simon the Leper); saint Mary Magdalene anointing Christ's feet. Christ washing the feet of saint Peter. Agony in the Garden (Christ at Gethsemane).
Body, front
Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter. Flagellation. Carrying of the Cross with the Virgin helping Christ. Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; rugged cross.
End, right
Deposition; Virgin in prayer; Joseph of Arimathea holding Christ's body; rugged cross. Entombment with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.
Body, back
Resurrection with two soldiers asleep and one soldier awake. Harrowing of Hell with Adam and Eve coming out of the Mouth of Hell; demon. Noli me Tangere (Christ appearing to saint Mary Magdalene); tree. Christ appearing to the Holy Women.
End, left
Doubting Thomas (the incredulity of saint Thomas). Christ appearing to saint Peter in his cave.
Bottom: chequered pattern.
Crosshatched background. Brickwork or tiled roof. Pinnacles. Foliated borders.

Koechlin Number: 0953

Koechlin 1924: France, end of 15th century.
Museum's opinion 2010: Flemish (?), 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of gilding (hair, haloes, along the hems) and polychromy (green for trees and ground).

The inside is chequered and the lid is sliding.

Collection of Alexandre Du Sommerard: acquired for the museum in 1843.

E. Du Sommerard, Catalogue et description des antiquités et objets d'art exposés au musée de Cluny (Paris, 1883), no. 1090.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 341, 342; II, no. 953; III, pl. CLXVII.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 173 and 175.


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