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Pax, 1 register, 1 ogee arch across (baiser de paix) (Front)

Pax, 1 register, 1 ogee arch across (baiser de paix) (Front)
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Cologne, Museum Schnütgen

Inv. B 111


Height: 108mm
Width: 80mm
Depth: 10mm

Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; rugged cross; saint Peter holding the key; saint James the Greater with pilgrim's hat, staff and satchel decorated with a scallop shell; closed books; open book.
Tracery and medallions containing quatrefoils in the spandrels. Crosshatched background.

Koechlin Number: 0892

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd half of 15th century.
Richter 2003: Netherlands or Northern France, c. 1450.
Museum's opinion 2013: Westphalia, early 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy: green (background).

Curved. The handle which was originally set into a chamfered slot in the back has been lost. Two deep incised parallel lines on either side of the slot.
Label with inscriptions: 'o4 109' and current inventory number.

Object Condition
Vertical crack along the right side. Holes to attach the handle at the back.
Worn. Brown stains on the front.

Collection of Caspar and Stephan Bourgeois, art dealers, Cologne: sale, Lempertz, Cologne, 19-27 October 1904, lot 1079.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), II, no. 892.
T. Richter, Paxtafeln und Pacificalia, Studien zu Form, Ikonographie und liturgischem Gebrauch (Weimar, 2003), no. 58.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 140.


Foto: © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln.

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