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27 panels (fragments of a box with a pitched lid), 1 register, 1 ogee arch across (Front)

27 panels (fragments of a box with a pitched lid), 1 register, 1 ogee arch across (Front)
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Group, front

Group, front

Religious. Passion. Life of Christ.

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Paris, Musée de Cluny-Musée national du Moyen Âge

Cl. 434


Height: 72mm (7); 75 mm (21); 88mm (27)
Width: 49mm (7); 54mm (21); 56mm (27)

Kneeling angel holding a navette and swinging a censer.
Virgin weaving.
Angel holding the Virgin's dress.
Kneeling angel holding a navette and swinging a censer.
Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit.
Nativity with midwife.
Annunciation to the Shepherds.
Adoration of the Magi with saint Joseph (on two panels).
Herod ordering the Massacre of the Innocents; soldiers in armour.
Christ appearing to the pilgrims of Emmaus.
Last Supper with saint John the Evangelist leaning on Christ's breast, conflated with the Meal at Bethany (at the house of Simon the Leper)(Last Supper); saint Mary Magdalene anointing Christ's feet.
Agony in the Garden (Christ at Gethsemane).
Christ appearing to the Holy Women.
Massacre of the Innocents.
Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter.
Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; Holy Women; rugged cross; onlookers.
Deposition with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist holding Christ's hands; Joseph of Arimathea holding Christ's body.
Noli me Tangere (Christ appearing to saint Mary Magdalene); tree.
Flight into Egypt.
Entombment with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.
Resurrection with two soldiers asleep, conflated with Three Holy Women at the Tomb; angel seated on the tomb; ointment pots.
Doubting Thomas (the incredulity of saint Thomas).
Harrowing of Hell with Adam and Eve coming out of the Mouth of Hell; demon.
Crosshatched background. Brickwork or tiled roof. Pinnacles.

Koechlin Number: 0955

Koechlin 1924: France, end of 15th century.
Avignon 1997 and Museum's opinion 2010: France, end of 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of gilding and polychromy.

Object Condition
Missing: lower parts of the Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, and Harrowing of Hell panels.

These panels were arranged as a cross in the 19th century, when in the collection of Du Sommerard. The Visitation panel is cut in such a way that it seems to have accommodated space for the lock or hinges to the right.

Delaunay collection: sold, 19 March 1827, no. 747 (auctioneer: Bonnefons de Lavialle), to Alexandre Du Sommerard; collection of Alexandre Du Sommerard: acquired for the museum in 1843.

E. Du Sommerard, Catalogue et description des antiquités et objets d'art exposés au musée de Cluny (Paris, 1883), no. 1078.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 342; II, no. 955; III, pl. CLXVII.
L. Réau, Iconographie de l'art chrétien (Paris, 1956-1957), II/2, pp. 232-236.
F. Garnier, Langage de l'image au Moyen Age. Signification et symbolique (Paris, 1982-1989), I, pp. 171, 180, 223-231; II, pp. 109-111.
A. Chastel, 'L'art du geste à la renaissance', in Revue de l'art, 75 (1987), pp. 9-16 (p. 14).
J.-C. Schmitt, La raison des gestes dans l'Occident médiéval (Paris, 1990), pp. 276-277.
Histoires tissées, exhibition catalogue, Avignon, Palais des Papes, 1997, no. 37 (Cl. 434 (7)).


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