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Diptych with Scenes from Christ's Passion

ca. 1350
Made in France
Ivory with silver mounts
Overall (open): 6 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 7/16 in. (17.5 x 21.3 x 1.1 cm) Overall (closed): 6 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 7/8 in. (17.5 x 10.5 x 2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This diptych depicts key events in the final week of Jesus' earthly life: the festival Entry into Jerusalem and the Last Supper of Jesus and his followers (upper level); and, below, the Betrayal of Jesus to the authorities by his disciple Judas Iscariot and the Crucifixion itself (lower level).
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. 39, fig. XXII.

Kunz, George F. Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1916. p. 50.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume I, Text. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 798, p. 292 n. 1.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume II, Catalogue. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 798, p. 289.

Krohn, Deborah L., Ulrich Leben, and Daniëlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide, ed. Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York and New Haven: Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 2013. no. 132, p. 168.

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