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Plaque with the Trinity and the Dormition of the Virgin

Date:
ca. 1410–20
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Ivory with traces of polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 11/16 x 2 1/4 x 1 3/16 in. (6.9 x 5.7 x 3 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Maxime Levy Hermanos, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.521.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
In the lower register, Christ holds the soul of his mother and blesses her body as the surrounding Apostles mourn. In the upper register, Christ appears as the crucified Son, with God the Father enthroned and the Holy Ghost as a dove. The plaque may have been worn as personal adornment: similar "micro-carvings" survive in jeweled frames suspended on chains. References to "locket reliquaries" suggest that they may also have contained tiny relics. Alternatively, the carving may have been affixed to a larger reliquary or monstrance.
Mr. and Mrs. Maxime Levy Hermanos, Paris and New York (until 1979)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1979-1980 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1980). p. 25.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 205, p. 169.



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