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Book-Cover Plaque with the Crucifixion and Holy Women at the Tomb
English: In the upper scene, the crucified Christ is flanked by the Virgin, St. John, and the Roman soldiers Longinus and Stephaton. A coiled serpent, symbolizing conquered evil, wraps its tongue around the base of the cross. Below, the Holy Women are greeted by an angel at the empty tomb of Christ, carved to look like the Holy Sepulcher (the site of Christ's burial) in Jerusalem. This Carolingian ivory, with its animated figures and fluid drapery, dates to the reign of Charles the Bald, grandson of Charlemagne.
Date between circa 870 and circa 880 (Middle Ages
era QS:P2348,Q12554
Medium ivory
medium QS:P186,Q82001
Dimensions Height: 16.5 cm (6.4 ″); Width: 8.7 cm (3.4 ″); Depth: 0.7 cm (0.2 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,16.5U174728;P2049,8.7U174728;P5524,0.7U174728
institution QS:P195,Q210081
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place of creation north France
Object history
  • [Said to be from the Abbey of Maroilles, Picardy]
  • Augustin Lambert, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • Henri Daguerre, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]
  • : purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore
  • : bequeathed to Walters Art Museum by Henry Walters
Exhibition history Art of the Dark Ages. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 1937. The Dark Ages. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 1937. The Life of Christ. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. 1948. The History of Bookbinding 525-1950 A.D.. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1957-1958. Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984. Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
Credit line Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926
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