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Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (frise d'arcatures) (Back)

Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (frise d'arcatures) (Back)
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Religious. Life of Christ.

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Brass (hinges);ivory

Height: 147 mm
Width: 164 mm (open)

Wing, left
Standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); two angels holding candlesticks.
Wing, right
Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; sun and moon; clouds.
Pointed trefoils in the spandrels.

Lodnon 1862: 14th century.
Williamson and Davies 2014: Eastern French or Lower Rhenish, 1350-1375.


Two later hinges.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy and gilding (not original): red (lips), gold (trefoils; hair and beard; crown; along the hems).

Flat and smooth.
Inscription '4088 [...]' on the back of the right wing.

Object Condition
Missing: candles.
Broken around the hinges. Lower part of the right wing damaged.

Collection of the Hon. Robert Curzon, Jr. (b. 1810, d. 1873), latterly Lord Zouche, by 1862; purchased by the museum from the Zouche collection in 1891.

Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Works of Art of the Mediaeval, Renaissance, and more recent periods on loan at the South Kensington Museum, June 1862..., revised edition, exhibition catalogue (London, 1863), no. 184.
List of Works of Art acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum during the Year 1891. Arranged according to the Dates of Acquisition (London, 1891), p. 124.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), no. 98.


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