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Passion Scenes
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Passion Scenes

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Description The form of this ivory, four panels assembled like a folding screen, is extremely rare. The panels are carved with Passion scenes that follow Parisian tradition, yet this ivory is attributed to a German workshop based on its style and some of the details, such as the pierced rosettes above the gables. At the Crucifixion, the Virgin is pierced by a sword emerging from the side of Christ, a feature of German mysticism referring to her great sorrow (Luke 2:34-35).
Date Description Narrative
5/06/1995Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • The International Style: The Arts in Europe Around 1400. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1962.
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
  • Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1997.
Provenance Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923

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1370-1380 (Medieval)
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
7 3/8 x 9 9/16 x 1/4 in. (18.7 x 24.3 x 0.6 cm)
  • Germany (Place of Origin)
  • Italy, Milan (Place of Origin)


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