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Double-sided panel, 1 register, 3 arches across, with quatrefoil (frise d'arcatures; plaquette; quatre-feuilles) (Side 1)

Double-sided panel, 1 register, 3 arches across, with quatrefoil (frise d'arcatures; plaquette; quatre-feuilles) (Side 1)
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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 681


Height: 100mm
Width: 70mm

Side 1: Death of the Virgin (Dormition); Christ holding the soul of the Virgin; apostles; Virgin in a mandorla borne to Heaven by angels (Assumption).
Side 2: Christ in glory holding the orb and cross; blessing gesture; Christ trampling a monster. Four seated Evangelists in the corners: saint Matthew writing, with his symbol, the angel; saint John writing, with his symbol, the eagle; saint Mark writing, with his symbol, the lion; saint Luke writing, with his symbol, the ox.

Koechlin Number: 0779

Vöge 1900: Italian (Florentine), 14th century.
Volbach 1923: Italy (Siena?), 2nd half of the 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, mid 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2010: Paris, c. 1320-1330.


The upper part of the panel has been cut in order to make it rounded and it was, at one point, fitted into a metal frame. Lower border damaged.

Object Condition
Missing: upper part of the panel.
Edges chipped.

This piece seems to have been reused as a pax.

Acquired in Florence in 1883.

W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 142.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), pp. 52-53, pl. 57.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 214, 280-282; II, no. 779; III, pl. CXXXI.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 82.


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