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Nativity: M.21-1917

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Titles

Nativity

Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

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

Relative size of this object

7.2 cm9.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

14th Century
Medieval
Circa 1300 - Circa 1400 1400

School or Style

Gothic Medieval

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Carved ivory

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21-1917
Primary reference Number: 31689
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Diptych" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/31689 Accessed: 2021-11-29 02:13:03

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