Description Rectangular boxes or caskets of ivory, wood, or leather, decorated with scenes depicting either the Passion of Christ or the Life of the Virgin, were produced in great quantity in 15th-century Flanders and exported all over Europe. The craftsman who carved these images drew inspiration from contemporary woodcuts, particularly the Biblia Pauperum (Bible of the Poor), a pictorial Bible for the illiterate first produced around 1430. This example depicts Christ's Passion. The scenes of Christ's Arrest, Carrying of the Cross, Entombment, Harrowing of Hell, Resurrection, and Appearance to Mary Magdalene have all been taken from this source. The carved panels retain much of their original paint and gilding. The lock plate on top is a 17th-century addition.
|11/06/1963||Examination||examined for condition|
Provenance Count Girolamo Possenti, Fabriano. Sale, Raphael Dura, Florence, April 1 1880, no. 38; F. Ongania, Venice. Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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