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Central Portion of a Tabernacle

Date:
ca. 1275–1300
Culture:
French
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 15/16 x 5 3/8 x 11/16 in. (17.7 x 13.7 x 1.7 cm)
Classification:
Ivories-Horn
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.197
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The profusion of small ivory tabernacles, such as this one, carved withthemes relating to the glorification of the Virgin, in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Paris strongly suggests that these pieces derive from large altarpieces now lost.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Pératé, André. Collections Georges Hoentschel: Ivoires, orfèvrerie religieuse, pierres. Vol. 2. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. no. 34, fig. XXVII.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume I, Text. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 167, p. 130.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume II, Catalogue. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 167, p. 73.

Little, Charles T. "Ivoires et art gothique." Revue de l'art 46 (1979). p. 61, fig. 12.

Barnet, Peter, ed. Images In Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age. Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1997. p. 145.



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