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Diptych, 2 registers, 4 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 4 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Life of Christ. Passion.

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Sarnen, Benediktiner-Kollegium Sarnen


Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 110 mm
Width: 86 mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Raising of Lazarus; Martha and Mary, his sisters; Lazarus, wrapped in a shroud, emerges from the tomb. Entry into Jerusalem; foal of the she-ass.
Register 2: Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist. Deposition with the Virgin holding Christ's arm; Joseph of Arimathea holding Christ's body; man with pincers removing the nail from Christ's feet; saint John the Evangelist.
Wing, right
Register 1: Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter. Death of Judas (Judas hanging); tree.
Register 2: Three Holy Women at the Tomb, with angel seated on the tomb and three soldiers asleep. Last Judgement with Resurrection of the Dead (Christ in Glory); angels holding Instruments of the Passion (nails); Virgin Mary and saint John the Baptist kneeling.
Beaded border on three sides.

German 1967 and Meier 2011: c. 1330.


Two hinges.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive gilding and polychromy (later): gold (architectural details: arches and beads; hair and beards; throne; spears, etc.), blue (background), red (spandrels; blood; lips), green (spandrels; tomb; lining of garments), brown (hair).

Flat and smooth. Scratches, traces of glue.

Object Condition
Discolouration on the back.

Monastery of Muri, Switzerland; at the suppression of the monastery in 1841, brought by the monks to the Benediktiner-Kollegium Sarnen, part of the Muri-Gries monastery, successor of Muri.

G. German, Der Bezirk Muri. Die Kunstdenkmäler des Kantons Aargau, Vol. V (Die Kunstdenkmäler der Schweiz, vol. 55; Basel, 1967), p. 438 (with ill.).
B. Meier, Das Kloster Muri, Geschichte und Gegenwart der Benediktinerabtei (Baden, 2011).


© Benediktiner-Kollegium Sarnen.

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