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

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

Palermo, Galleria Interdisciplinare Regionale della Sicilia di Palazzo Abatellis

Inv. 11431


Height: 125 mm
Width: 80 mm

Seated saint James the Greater with pilgrim's hat and staff; hat decorated with scallop shell; open book; belt; city; columns.
Crosshatched background.

Koechlin Number: 0937

Koechlin 1924: French, late 15th century.
Vitella 2001: Spanish (?), 15th century.
Museum's opinion 2014:


Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of gilding and polychromy: gold (clothing, halo, throne, frame, landscape, architectural details, decorative pattern on the cloak), blue (background, lining of the cloak); red (lips).

Curved. An ivory handle is set into a chamfered slot in the back.

Object Condition
Missing: finial and foliated decoration along the upper edge of the pax.
Central hole in the upper part of the piece.
Label with inscription: '1267' (on the left hand side column).
Vertical superficial crack at the top to the right when facing the back.

From the Benedictine abbey of San Martino delle Scale (Palermo); on display in the Museum of the abbey (inv. 1267); collection of the Regio Museo Nazionale of Palermo from 1876; transferred in the Museum in 1954.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 335, II, no. 937.
Wunderkammer siciliana: alle origini del museo perduto, ed. by V. Abbate, exhibition catalogue, Palermo, Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, 3 November 2001-5 May 2002 (Naples, 2001), no. II.52, pp. 233-234.


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