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Wax Tablet with the Coronation of the Virgin
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Wax Tablet with the Coronation of the Virgin


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Description Three angels hold a cloth of honor behind the Virgin and two others swing censers at the sides while she is crowned. The scene is placed beneath a canopy of three trefoil arches. The panel is recessed on the reverse to receive wax for writing. It was attached to other panels with two holes in the right side for cords, and a hole in the center of the left side for securing the other tablet or tablets. Although wax tablet covers are usually decorated with secular scenes, a number of others exist with religious subjects which suggests that wax notebooks were used by the clergy as well as the laity.
Provenance Léon Gruel, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase [purchased or shipped in 1914]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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Period
late 14th century (Medieval)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.203
Measurements
H: 3 11/16 x W: 2 3/8 D: 3/16 in. (9.3 x 6 x .4 cm)
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