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Nativity: M.21-1917

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Current Location: In storage




Production: Unknown




Left wing of a diptych, ivory, carved in relief. Within the frame is a lozenge containing a quatrefoil, in which the scene is represented. The Virgin, reclining on her bed, reaches towards the Child in its manger, breathed on by ox and ass. St Joseph sits on the right behind the bed, and in the distance an angel appears to a shepherd with his flock. In the upper spandrels are two censing angels, and in the lower spandrels two angels support the lozenge.

Legal notes

Given by Charlles Fairfax Murray

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.6 cm
Width: 7.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1917-05-10) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


14th Century
Circa 1300 - Circa 1400

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Techniques used in production

Carving : Carved ivory

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21-1917
Primary reference Number: 31689
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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