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Plaque with the Holy Women at the Sepulchre

Date:
ca. 1140–60
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Walrus ivory
Dimensions:
Overall (including mount): 8 3/8 x 7 11/16 x 1 1/4 in. (21.2 x 19.6 x 3.2 cm) Overall: 8 3/8 x 7 11/16 x 1/4 in. (21.2 x 19.6 x 0.7 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.201
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Presented here are scenes from Gospel accounts of Jesus’ meetings with his
followers after the Resurrection. Each plaque is composed of multiple pieces of
walrus ivory carved in high relief. These plaques, along with others in Cologne,
London, and Berlin, decorated the front of an altar or pulpit. They were originally
set into a wood or metal framework and painted.
Count Grégoire Stroganoff (d. 1910), Rome; Private Collection, England; George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (by 1913-1941)
Ricci, Seymour de, ed. Exposition d'objets d'art du Moyen âge et de la Renaissance, organisée par la Marquise de Ganay, Chez M. Jacques Séligmann (Ancien Hôtel de Sagan). Catalogue officiel. Paris: Typographie Philippe Renouard, 1913. no. 106, p. 55.

Ricci, Seymour de, ed. Exposition d'objets d'art du moyen âge et de la renaissance, tirés des collections particulières de la France et de l'étranger, organisée par la marquise de Ganay à l'ancien Hôtel de Sagan (mai–juin 1913). Paris: E. Levy, 1914. pl. XXXIX.

Goldschmidt, Adolph. Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der romanischen Zeit, XI.-XIII. Jahrhundert. Vol. 3. Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1923. no. 3, pp. 2, 11, pl. II.

Porter, Arthur Kingsley. "Condrieu, Jerusalem and St. Gilles." Art in America 13 (April 1925). p. 117 n. 3.

Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 3, Works of Art, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1926. pl. II.

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Vol. 1. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1927. pp. 76–77.

Arts of the Middle Ages: A Loan Exhibition, February 17 to March 24, 1940. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1940. no. 126, pp. 42–43.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Masterpieces in the Collection of George Blumenthal: A Special Exhibition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1943. no. 2.

Forsyth, William H. "The Easter Sepulchre." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 3, no. 7 (March 1945). pp. 163–65.

Seligman, Germain. Merchants of Art: 1880–1960, Eighty Years of Professional Collecting. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1961. pl. 11a.

Vogelsang, Rosemarie. "Die Elfenbeingruppe mit den gestichelten Faltenlinien." PhD diss., Universität zu Köln, 1961. pp. 63–65.

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Legner, Anton, ed. Ornamenta Ecclesiae: Kunst und Künstler der Romanik. Vol. 2. Cologne: Museum Schnütgen, 1985. no. F71, pp. 433–34, 439.

Husband, Timothy B., and Charles T. Little. Europe in the Middle Ages. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 72, p. 79.

Burn, Barbara, ed. The Life of Christ: Images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. ill. p. 88.

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