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Crucifixion plaque (part of diptych)
  • France
  • Crucifixion plaque (part of diptych), late 1300s
  • Where object was made: France
  • ivory
  • Object Height/Width: 11.4 x 8.9 cm
    Object Height/Width: 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1954.0122

Carved ivory plaque. Central full length figure (identified as Jesus Christ) is crucified with his head in profile. At the foot of the cross is a chalice/cup. On the left is a kneeling soldier with his hands folded in prayer, and behind him are three female figures (one identified as the Virgin Mary). On the right a full length male figure holds an object (identified as a sponge with vinegar) on a pole up to the crucified figure. A bareheaded male figure (identified as Saint John) and two other male figures (identified as Hebrews) with hats. There are four angels, two at the ends of the cross and two above, hiding their eyes. Two spheres (identified as the sun and moon) are in the central arch of the arcade on top of the scene. Three trefoil arches are tall and pointed.