Description In the Crucifixion scene above, the Virgin is pierced by a sword emerging from the side of Christ. This is a German motif, based on the Gospel of Luke, that refers to her sufferings. Below, St. Thomas Becket (d. 1170), archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered by a group of knights as he kneels before the altar.
- Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
Provenance Octave Homberg, Paris, by purchase; Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 11-16, 1908, no. 486; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924
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