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Comb (peigne double) (Side 1)

Comb (peigne double) (Side 1)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ. Life of the Virgin.

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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 669


Height: 137mm
Width: 157mm

Side 1: Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit.
Side 2: Adoration of the Magi with Joseph.
Foliated decoration. Crosshatched background. Roped border.

Koechlin Number: 1156

Vöge 1900: Northern Italy, 2nd half of the 14th century.
Volbach 1923: Northern Italy, c. 1400.
Voege, 1900: North Italy.
Koechlin 1924: France, late 15th century.
Egbert 1929: Italy, late 15th century.
Darmstadt and Munich 1999 and Museum's opinion 2010: Northern Italy, c. 1400.


Carved on both sides.

Object Condition
Missing: three thin teeth.

Acquired by the Kunstkammer in Northern Italy. Belonged to Kaiser Friedrich Museum (Voege), at least in 1929.

C. Becker, J. H. von Hefner-Alteneck, Kunstwerke und Geräthschaften des Mittelalters und der Renaissance (Frankfurt, 1863), III, pp. 31-32, pl. 33.
J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), Appendix, p. 440.
E. Molinier, Musée National du Louvre. Catalogue des ivoires (Paris, 1896), no. 130, pp. 263-264.
J. von Schlosser, Die Werkstatt der Embriachi in Venedig, in Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, 20 (1899), pp. 220-282 (p. 222, no. 5).
W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 151, pl. XXXVIII.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 55, pl. 57.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 429; II, no. 1156.
D. D. Egbert, 'North Italian Gothic Ivories in the Museo Cristiano of the Vatican Library', in Art Studies 7 (1929), pp. 168-207 [p. 195, fig. 48].
Meisterwerke aus Elfenbein der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, exhibition catalogue, Darmstadt, Hessisches Landesmuseum and Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, 1999, no. 55.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, pp. 599-60, in relation to no. 182.


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