Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Diptych with scenes of the Life and Passion of Christ

Diptych with scenes of the Life and Passion of Christ

Artist/maker unknown, French

Made in Paris, France, Europe



6 9/16 x 8 9/16 inches (16.7 x 21.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 216, European Art 1100-1500, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wolcott Henry, 1921

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Ivory reliefs like this one were most often made for private devotion. Works in this refined style were a specialty of Parisian craftsmen, and this piece is similar in style to ivories attributed to the anonymous "Paris Passion atelier." Although miniature, these religious scenes in architectural settings echo the dense sculptural decoration carved in stone on church façades.

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