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Box Bottom with the Annunciation
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Box Bottom with the Annunciation


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Description Gabriel approaches from the left, pointing his finger towards a scroll. The Virgin, who raises her right hand in surprise, holds a book in her left. Her apron-style drapery has cascades of small folds falling at either side. A vase with a lily sits between the figures, and the Holy Ghost descends from the clouds above. The scene is set beneath a canopy of three trefoil arches surmounted by a band of dentils. The Annunciation box appears to be the only religious ivory known from the Atelier of the Boxes. The treatment of the architectural canopy is identical to other works from the workshop. The interior, which is the bottom of the box, is divided into compartments to hold a balance and weights. The sliding top of the box is missing.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
2/18/1977Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • The Carver's Art: Medieval Sculpture in Ivory, Bone and Horn. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick. 1989.
Provenance John Hunt Collection, Dublin [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Lewis V. Randall, Montreal [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Ruth Blumka, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1977, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1977

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Period
3rd quarter 14th century (Medieval)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.1156
Measurements
H: 3 1/8 x W: 1 3/4 x D: 3/8 in. (7.9 x 4.5 x 0.9 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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