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Plaque with Christ in Majesty and the Four Evangelists

Date:
11th century
Geography:
Made in Cologne, Germany
Culture:
Ottonian
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in. (15.6 x 9.5 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.169
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
The evangelists write their Gospels here with the aid of their characteristic symbols. An ox literally open’s Luke’s eyes to receive divine inspiration, while Mark’s lion seems to be speaking to the author. This plaque, which probably was affixed to the cover of an Ottonian Gospel book, now decorates the cover of a late fifteenth-century Gospel lectionary.
Fürstliche Stolbergsche Bibliothek, Wernigerode, Germany(in 1923); George and Florence BlumenthalParis and New York (until 1941)
"Die Zeisberg’sche Bibliothek in Wernigerode." Anzeiger für Bibliographie und Bibliothekwissenschaft Jahrgang 1854, no. 10 (1855). p. 312.

Ruland, Anton. "Die Handschriften der am 10. October 1854 zu Wernigerode zum Verkauf ausgebotenen Zeisberg'schen Bibliothek." Serapeum 16, no. 1 (January 15, 1855). no. 3, p. 5.

Förstemann, Ernst. Die Gräflich Stolbergische Bibliothek zu Wernigerode. Nordhausen: Ernst Förstemann, 1866. no. Za 37, pp. 82–83.

Döring, Oskar. "Die Miniaturen der Fürstlich Stolbergischen Bibliothek zu Wernigerode." Zeitschrift für Bücherfreunde: Monatshefte für Bibliophilie und verwandte Interessen 2, no. 7 (1897). p. 348, ill. p. 352 (mislabelled Za 51).

Goldschmidt, Adolph. Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der romanischen Zeit, XI.-XIII. Jahrhundert. Vol. 3. Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1923. no. 39, pp. 16–17, pl. IX.

Seventh Loan Exhibition: French Gothic Art of the Thirteenth to Fifteenth Century. Detroit: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1928. no. 21.

Ricci, Seymour de. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. 2. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1937. p. 1667.

Herricht, Hildegard. Die ehemalige Stolberg-Wernigerödische Handschriftenabteilung: Die Geschichte einer kleinen feudalen Privatsammlung. Schriften zum Bibliotheks und Büchereiwesen in Sachsen-Anhalt, Vol. 31. Halle: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, 1970. p. 20, (as Za 37).

Little, Charles T. "A New Ivory of the Court School of Charlemagne." In Studien zur mittelalterlichen Kunst 800-1250: Festschrift für Florentine Mütherich zum 70. Geburstag, edited by Katharina Bierbrauer, Peter K. Klein, and Willibald Sauerländer. Munich: Prestel, 1985. pp. 25–26, fig. 16.

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