Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Martyrdom of Thomas à Becket

Date:
1400 (?)
Culture:
British (?)
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 1/4 in. (8.7 x 5.8 x 0.6 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1970
Accession Number:
1970.324.10
Not on view
Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170, is perhaps best known for his struggles with King Henry II of England over the separation between the church and the monarchy. He was killed by four knights of Henry’s court in Canterbury Cathedral at twilight on December 29, 1170, the scene depicted here. This delicate carving also shows his soul, borne between two angels, receiving God’s blessing.
Ernst and Marthe Kofler-Truniger, Lucerne (sold 1970)
Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern: Ausstellung. Zurich: Kunsthaus Zürich, 1964. no. 778, p. 85, pl. 72.

Lasko, Peter. "A Notable Private Collection." Apollo 79, no. 28 (June 1964). p. 473, fig. 23, ill. p. 472.

Schnitzler, Hermann, Peter Bloch, and W. F. Volbach. Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern: Skulpturen – Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz; europäisches Mittelalter. Vol. 1. Lucerne: Verlag Räber & Cie, 1964. no. 117, pp. 32–33.

Leeuwenberg, Jaap. "Early Nineteenth-Century Gothic Ivories." Aachener Kunstblätter 39 (1969). p. 142.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred First Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1970 through June 30, 1971." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 101 (1971). p. 21.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 155.

Little, Charles T. "The Art of Gothic Ivories: Studies at the Crossroads." The Sculpture Journal 31, no. 1 (2014). p. 25, fig. 13.



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