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Panel (possibly left wing, fragment of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Panel (possibly left wing, fragment of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Saints.

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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 658


Height: 100mm
Width: 62mm

Standing Virgin and Child; saint John the Evangelist holding a martyr's palm; unidentified veiled female saint (possibly saint Clare, as a nun holding a pyxis).
Pointed trefoils in the spandrels. Border of dentils.

Westwood 1876 and Vöge 1900: Germany, 14th century.
Volbach 1923: French, 2nd half of the 14th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy.

Flat and smooth. Cancelled red ink inscription: 521. Traces along the left edge which may indicated the location of two former hinges.

Object Condition
Numerous vertical cracks. Lower edge chipped.
One hole in the left border and two holes in the right border. Central hole in the upper part of the panel (plugged with ivory).

Nagler collection, Berlin; acquired for the Kunstkammer in 1835.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), no. 480 (`73.183).
W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 128.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 40, pl. 44.


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