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Ivory casket with scenes from the life of Saint Catherine

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An image of Sculpture. Casket. Lid: Under six cusped arches with crocketted gables stand the figures of St Agnes, St Paul, St Peter, St John the Baptist, St Stephen, and St Catherine. Sides: Carved with scenes from the Martyrdom of St Catherine: her examination before Maxentius, the burning of the philosophers, the torture of the wheel, the beheading of the saint and her soul carried up to heaven. Mounts: Decorated alternately with panels of red, green and blue with pelican-like birds, salamanders and other fabulous beasts reserved in the metal. Lock-plate: Decorated with a hare in a field against a dark blue sky. Ivory, carved in relief,  with contemporary champlevé enamelled silver mounts. Height 4.4 cm, width 9.6 cm, depth 6.4 cm, circa 1370-1400. Production Place: Paris, France. Gothic. Medieval.

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Sculpture. Casket. Lid: Under six cusped arches with crocketted gables stand the figures of St Agnes, St Paul, St Peter, St John the Baptist, St Stephen, and St Catherine. Sides: Carved with scenes from the Martyrdom of St Catherine: her examination before Maxentius, the burning of the philosophers, the torture of the wheel, the beheading of the saint and her soul carried up to heaven. Mounts: Decorated alternately with panels of red, green and blue with pelican-like birds, salamanders and other fabulous beasts reserved in the metal. Lock-plate: Decorated with a hare in a field against a dark blue sky. Ivory, carved in relief, with contemporary champlevé enamelled silver mounts. Height 4.4 cm, width 9.6 cm, depth 6.4 cm, circa 1370-1400. Production Place: Paris, France. Gothic. Medieval.

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  • Accession Number: M.13-1945
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/45.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Andrew Norman
  • Image height: 757 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.3 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 129.87kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 200
  • Fnumber: 45/1
  • Captured: 2013:01:23 11:01:31

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14th Century box carved casket champleve enamel enamelled female Fitz_AA French Gothic hares ivory lidded lock martyrdom martyred martyrs Medieval Middle Ages relief religion religious Saint Catherine of Alexandria saints sculpture silver St Catherine virgin

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