Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tabernacle with Scenes from the Infancy of Christ

ca. 1340–50
Made in France
Ivory with metal mounts
Overall (open): 11 x 6 3/16 x 2 1/16 in. (27.9 x 15.7 x 5.3 cm) Overall (Closed): 11 x 2 11/16 x 2 in. (27.9 x 6.9 x 5.1 cm) Central element without base and finials: 6 15/16 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (17.7 x 5.4 x 3.8 cm) Inner wings L & R: 6 7/16 x 1 1/16 x 1/4 in. (16.3 x 2.7 x 0.6 cm) Outer wings L & R: 6 9/16 x 1 x 1/4 in. (16.7 x 2.6 x 0.6 cm) Base: 1 5/8 x 2 1/16 x 2 3/4 in. (4.1 x 5.3 x 7 cm)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Miniature portable tabernacles containing a statuette of the Virgin and Child accompanied by scenes of Christ's infancy became very popular in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century France.
Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris; Theodore M. Davis, New York
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