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Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquette) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquette) (Front)
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Religious. Life of Christ.

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Münster, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur (Westfälisches Landesmuseum)

Inv. G 40 WKV

Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 125mm
Width: 131mm (open)
Depth: 6.5mm

Wing, left
Adoration of the Magi; one of the Magi kissing Christ's foot.
Wing, right
Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; sun and moon.

Koechlin Number: 0470

Geisberg 1914: France, early 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: French, end of the 2nd quarter of 14th century.
Münster 1968: North French, beginning of the 14th century.
Bußmann and Lorenz 1986: France, c. 1330.
Zürich 1999: Northern France, early 14th century.


Two hinges.

Flat and smooth. Longer edges slightly chamfered.
Blue and white label with inscription '940'.

Object Condition
Broken around the hinges (ivory repair to the right of the upper hinge).
Upper border of the left panel chipped. Two central holes in the upper part of each panel. Two additional holes in the upper right part of each panel.
Pierced by holes in upper border of both wings.

Collection of Colonel von Franckenberg; acquired by the Westfälischer Kunstverein in 1879; on extended loan from the Westfälischer Kunstverein since tbc?.

Westfälischer Altertümer und Kunsterzeugnisse, exhibition catalogue, Münster, Landesmuseum Münster, 1879, no. 940.
Das Landesmuseum der Provinz Westfalen in Münster, dir. by M. Geisberg, ed. by B. Meier (Berlin, 1914), I: Die Skulpturen, p. 104, no. 248.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 212, 213; II, no. 470; III, pl. LXXXIX.
B. Korzus, Landesmuseum Münster: Kunst und Kulturgeschichte. Eine Auswahl (Münster, 1968), pp. 138-139.
K. Bußmann, A. Lorenz, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster. Auswahlkatalog (Münster, 1986), p. 30.
Das Bistum Münster: Das Kanonissenstift und Benediktinerkloster Liesborn, ed. by H. Müller (Berlin, 1987), pp. 65 (wrongly designated as Inv.-Nr.g. 40/10) and 112, fig. 38.
W. A. Schulze, 'Alte Dreikönigsbilder in Westfalen', in Jahrbuch der Westfälischen Kirchengeschichte 82 (1989), pp. 65, 112, no. 38.
Orakel: Der Blick in die Zukunft, ed. by A. Langer and A. Lutz, exhibition catalogue, Zürich, Museum Rietberg, 1999, p. 167, no. 47.


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