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Triptych with Scenes from the Passion of Christ

Possibly Master Pertoldus (Berthold Schauer?)
Made in Salzburg, Austria
Silver, silver gilt, mother-of-pearl, bone, and cold enamel
Overall (open): 27 3/8 x 9 7/8 x 7 1/4 in. (69.5 x 25.1 x 18.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ruth and Leopold Blumka, 1969
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
This triptych is remarkable for its completeness as well as for the high quality of its execution. At the center of the shrine is Crucifixion, with Christ before Annas on the bottom panel of the left wing, and the Bearing of the Cross above. On the right wing, the Agony in the Garden is at top, with the Entombment below. Above the center section are three medallions (the one on the left is a modern replacement) representing, from left to right: Saint Catherine, the Virgin and Child, and Saint George and the Dragon. The Annunciation appears on the large medallion below the Crucifixion. In addition to these carved appliqués and the silver figure of Christ at the top, the triptych is embellished with skillful engravings. Saints Andrew, Benedict, and Catherine appear on the base, while the Last Supper is depicted in the reverse of the central shrine, flanked by the Flagellation and the Arrest of Christ (left), and the Crown of Thorns and the Resurrection of Christ (right).

The inscription above the Crucifixion—RUDBERTI ABBATIS PERSTO EGO IUSSO SUO (I stand by order of Abbot Rupert)—links the triptych to Abbot Rupert Keutzl of the Benedictine abbey of Saint Peter at Salzburg. The date 1494 appears three times on the object. Documents record a triptych made about this date by the goldsmith Pertoldus, but we cannot be certain that that work is the same as The Cloisters' triptych.
Inscription: Inscriptions:
(on the molding above the Crucifixion) INICIUM SAPIENTIE TIMOR DOMINI ECCI [ecclesiastici] PRIMO
(on the moulding above the Last Supper) RUDBERTI ABBATIS PERSTO EGO IUSSO SUO
(in Crucifixion scene, above head of Christ) INRI
(above plaque veil of Veronica) simulated inscription on banderole of angel in Annunciation plaque.

Marking: Dated: (on mother-of-pearl frame at bottom of angel holding Veil of Veronica; twice on base) 1494

Arms: of Abbot Rupert and of Monastery of St. Peter of Salzburg
(on left of base) crossed keys in black enamel on silver-gilt [handles of keys at bottom]
(on right side of base) red clover leaf on grey ground on upper right half; lower left grey clover leaf on ground

(above St. Catherine on base) Salzburg silver
From the Treasury of Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, Salzburg; Oscar Bondy, Vienna (1930–confiscated by Nazi officials in 1938) ; restituted to his widow, Elizabeth Bondy, New York (by 1950) ; Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (until 1969)
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Essenwein, August Ottmar. "Die archäologische Ausstellung des wiener Alterthums-Vereins." Organ für christliche Kunst 11, no. 3 (February 1, 1861). p. 31.

Lotz, Wilhelm. Kunst-topographie Deutschlands: Statistik der deutschen Kunst des Mittelalters und des 16. Jahrhundert. Volume 2, Süddeutschland. Kassel: Theodor Fischer, 1863. p. 433.

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Lind, Karl. "Die österreichische kunsthistorische Abteilung der Wiener-Weltausstellung." Mittheilungen der K. K. Central-Commission zur Erforschung und Erhaltung der Baudenkmale 18 (1873). pp. 152, 158, fig. 7.

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