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Crucifixion and Martyrdom of Thomas à Becket: M.22-1904

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Crucifixion and Martyrdom of Thomas à Becket


Production: Unknown




Right wing of a diptych, ivory carved in relief. The subjects are in two zones under architectural canopies.
Above: Crucifixion between Virgin and St John - two women support the Virgin and two Jews stand behind St John.
Below: The Murder of Becket, by three knights, opposed by a cross-bearer.


History note: Hollingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedfordshire; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, Catalogue of the renowned collection of works of art, chiefly formed by the late Hollingworth Magniac, Esq., (Known as the Colworth Collection), p. 82, lot . 256; sold for £32.11.0. to McClean.

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Frank McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 0.9 cm
Height: 11.3 cm
Width: 7.1 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


14th Century
Circa 1300 - 1370

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Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved in relief

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.22-1904
Primary reference Number: 31665
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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