Italy, Venice, ca. 1400
Height: 8.2 cm - Width: 12 cm - Gross weight: 98 g
Bears a collection number on the back (broken and glued)
Ivory plaques made in Venice in the late Middle Ages are rare in public collections. This one can be compared to a right-hand diptych shutter kept at the Walters
Art Gallery of Baltimore showing the same theme under three arcatures (inv.71.190, fig.). The Vatican Museums present a complete triptych from the Francesco Vettori Collection acquired in 1762 showing, as here, the Crucifixion in the center, Christ emerging from the tomb on the left panel and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on the right panel (inv. 64650.3-1).
Consulted: R.H. Randall, Masterpieces of ivory from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1985, cat. 350, pp. 234-235.