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Comb (peigne double); also known as 'Saint Bernard's Comb' (Peigne de saint Bernard) (Side 1, detail)

Comb (peigne double); also known as 'Saint Bernard's Comb' (Peigne de saint Bernard) (Side 1, detail)
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Rheims, Palais du Tau

Inv. TAU1905000104


Height: 140mm
Width: 164mm
Depth: 3 mm

Side 1: saint John the Baptist holding the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei); saint Catherine of Alexandria with wheel and martyr's palm. Saint Paul holding a sword; saint Peter holding a key. Saint Andrew with a saltire cross; unidentified bishop saint with a crozier. Saint Fiacre as a monk holding a book and spade; saint Laurence holding a gridiron.
Side 2: Saint Clare (?) as a nun holding an ointment pot; unidentified deacon saint with a martyr's palm. Annunciation; vase of lilies. Unidentified female saint with a book and a martyr's palm; saint James the Greater with pilgrim's hat, staff and satchel. Saint Bartholomew with a flaying knife; saint Judas (?) with a spear.
Crosshatched background; pilasters.

Koechlin Number: 1159

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd half of the 15th century.


Carved on both sides.

Object Condition
Broken in 2 pieces which have been glued back into place.

Given to the Treasury of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Rheims by M. Haudos in 1861.

Exposition rétrospective du Trocadéro, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1889, no. 133.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 429; II, no. 1159.
L. André, D. Cailleaux, Récolement des objets mobiliers classés au titre des Monuments Historiques dans la ville de Reims, rapport de fin d'étude (Paris, 1986), no. 57.
Palissy database: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/dapapal_fr [accessed September 2009].


© Patrick Cadet / Centre des monuments nationaux.

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