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Corpus, known as the Herlufsholm Christ (Detail)

Corpus, known as the Herlufsholm Christ (Detail)
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Næstved, Herlufsholm Church


Ivory (body);walrus ivory (arms)

Height: 720mm
Weight: 9000 g

Crucified Christ.

Koechlin Number: 0015

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd quarter of the 13th century.
Andersson 1970: 13th century
Gaborit-Chopin 1978: Denmark, c. 1220-1230.
Natanson 1951: French, ca. 1220-1240.
London 1987: English (?), mid 13th century.
Nyborg 2008: c. 1220.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy.

Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Koechlin (1924) believed the arms were a later addition.

This corpus is now part of a neo-gothic altarpiece.

From the church of Herlufsholm (Zealand).

F. Beckett, 'Nogle indfoerte Middelalderlige Kunstwaerker I Danmark', in Tidskrift for Industrie (1912), figs 3 and 5.
C. R. af Uglas, Gotlands Mdeltida Träskulptur (Stockholm, 1915), p. 584.
F. Beckett, 'Un chef d'oeuvre d'art français du Moyen Age au Danemark', communication at the Congrès d'Histoire de l'Art de Paris, séance du 28 septembre 1921.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 34, 54, 221, 263; II, no. 15; III, pl. V.
A. Goldschmidt, Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der romanischen Zeit (Berlin, 1926), III, no. 126.
J. Natanson, Gothic Ivories of the 13th and 14th Centuries (London, 1951), pp. 14, 32, fig. 1.
H. Schnitzler, 'Ein Kruzifix aus Walroßzahn', in Festchrift für Erich Meyer zum 60. Geburtstag (Hamburg, 1959), pp. 84-85.
Tardy, Les Ivoires (Paris, 1966), p. 73.
H. Swarzenski, Monuments of Romanesque Art: the Art of Church Treasures in North-Western Europe (Chicago, 1953), no. 544, pl. 231.
K. Hoffman and F. Deuchler, The Year 1200, A Centennial Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970, no. 151.
A. Andersson, 'The Holy Road of Skokloster and the Scandinavian Early Gothic', in The Burlington Magazine (March 1970), pp. 131-140.
D. A. Porter, Ivory Carvings in Later Medieval England 1200-1400 (unpublished PhD thesis, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1974), no. 11.
P. A. Young, 'The Origin of the Herlufsholm Ivory Crucifix Figure', in The Burlington Magazine vol. 119, no. 886 (January 1977), pp. 12-17 and 19.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires du Moyen Age (Freiburg, 1978), no. and fig. 196, 197.
Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400, ed. by J. J. G. Alexander and Paul Binski, exhibition catalogue, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1987, p. 111, fig. 76.
E. Nyborg, 'Anders Sunesen helligtrekingersgruppe og en baltisk madonnatype', in Nationalmuseets Arbejdsmark (2008), pp. 187-202 (fig. 3).


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