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Diptych with Scenes from Christ's Passion

ca. 1350
Made in France
Ivory with metal mounts
Overall (open): 7 1/2 x 8 9/16 x 1/2 in. (19.1 x 21.8 x 1.2 cm) Overall (closed): 7 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 7/8 in. (19.1 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
The booklike form of such narrative diptychs as this suggests that they are to be visually "read" for spiritual education. The choice of events or narrative details to illustrate can emphasize certain aspects of the Passion. This example is unique among those displayed here in depicting the suicide of Judas along with the Betrayal scene (bottom left panel). Similarly, the figure of Longinus in the Crucifixion scene (bottom right panel) emphasizes his recognition of Christ's divinity despite his role in Christ's suffering (compare to 17.190.208).
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Kunz, George F. Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archaeology, and in Science. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1916. p. 50.

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