These figures (see also 47.3.1) originally stood at the foot of a Crucifixion, as in the complete ivory ensemble in a nearby case. Despite the Gothicizing face of Saint John, the full classical drapery and the firm sense of the bodies beneath suggest an artist open to Renaissance innovations.
Richard von Passavant-Gontard (until at least 1929) ; Ernst Rosenfeld (until 1947; Rosenfeld collection sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 4, 1947, cat. no. 108; sold to MMA)