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Gabled triptych, 2 registers, with arches and bands of rosettes (tabernacle; colonnettes; frise d'arcatures; décor de roses) (Front)

Gabled triptych, 2 registers, with arches and bands of rosettes (tabernacle; colonnettes; frise d'arcatures; décor de roses) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 626 (almost completely destroyed)

Ivory;silver (later hinges and frame)

Height: 116mm
Width: 54mm (centre panel); 27mm (each wing)

Wing, left
Register 1: the Church (Ecclesia) and kneeling Virgin.
Register 2: Adoring Magi (part of Adoration of the Magi continued on the centre panel).
Centre panel
Register 1: Christ displaying his wounds; two angels holding Instruments of the Passion (nails, spear, cross).
Register 2: Standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); two standing angels holding candlesticks.
Wing, right
Register 1: kneeling saint John the Baptist and Synagogue (Synagoga).
Register 2: Presentation in the Temple; Christ standing on the altar between the Virgin and Simeon.

Koechlin Number: 0191

Vöge 1900: French, 14th century.
Volbach 1923: France, mid 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: French, mid 14th century.
Dokumentation 2006: French, mid 14th century.


Two sets of two hinges on either side (modern).

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of gilding and polychromy: architecture, haloes, crowns, hair (Volbach 1923).

Object Condition
In 1924
Missing: upper part of the central gable.
Almost completely destroyed in WWII; six fragments have survived.

Acquired by the Kunstkammer in 1853; undocumented after 7 April 1945; six fragments returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), Appendix, p. 437, no. 863.
P. Weber, Geistliches Schauspiel und kirchliche Kunst, in ihrem Verhältnis erläutert an einer Ikonographie der Kirche und Synagoge. Eine kunsthistorische Studie... Mit 10 Abbildungen in Lichtdruck, etc (Stuttgart, 1894), p. 105.
W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 88, pl. XXXI.
H. Kehrer, Die heiligen drei Könige in Literatur und Kunst (Leipzig, 1908-1909), p. 161.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 38, pl. 46.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 135-136; II, no. 191.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 240.


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