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Leaf from a Diptych

Date:
15th century (?)
Culture:
British or French (?)
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/16 x 4 5/8 x 3/8 in. (18 x 11.8 x 0.9 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.265
  • Description

    This dense carving depicts scenes associated with the Redemption of Man. The left section of the diptych contains images from the Life of Christ, including Christ’s Betrayal, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. In the upper register is shown, from left to right, God the Father receiving his son, Christ between Justice and Mercy, and Saint Michael weighing souls. On the right are images of the Virgin’s role in man’s redemption, including the Annunciation and Nativity, as well as her Death, Assumption, and Coronation by Christ.

  • Provenance

    Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris (until 1893); [ Bourgeois Frères, Cologne (sold to Oppenheim)]; Baron Albert Oppenheim, Cologne(by 1904–sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1906–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)

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