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Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John (possibly from a diptych)

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This plaque is distinguished from the large production of French Gothic ivories by its unusual size, the expressive moment of the turned heads of Mary and John and the exceptionally high relief of the carving. The undercut border and the trefoil arch of the canopy which hides the fingers of...

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Before 1950, Mary Onsen, Washington, D.C. May 10, 1950, anonymous sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 134, to Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, for 500 dollars. 1973, sold by Germain Seligman (b. 1893 - d. 1978), New York, to John Goelet, New York; 1973, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974)

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Gift of John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski

French (Paris), Medieval (Gothic), about 1325–50

Place of Manufacture

Paris, France


17.2 x 10.6 x 1.6 cm (6 3/4 x 4 3/16 x 5/8 in.); Legacy dimension: Overall 6 11/16 x 4 3/16 in. (17 x 10.7 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Ivory with metal frame