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Presentation in the Temple: MAR.M.257-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Presentation in the Temple


Production: Unknown (Uncertain)




Plaque, ivory, carved in relief. In the centre is a draped table, which recedes diagonally from the picture plane. On it is held the naked Child with nimbus, and to the left stands the High Priest about to take the Child from the young man who stands behind the table. On the right kneels the Virgin with St Joseph standing behind, and in front of her on the first step is a wicker basket containing the doves. Four onlookers fill the background, and the composition is closed on the left by a candle bearer. The classical architectural background on the right is balanced by a dado on the left, and in very low relief between the two are seen two small figures apparently walking away over a distant hill.


History note: Probably from the Collection of Francis Douce Esq. (d.1830). In the Collection of Col. Meyrick, Goodrich Court, Hereford. (see Gentleman's Magazine, 1836, vol. V, p. 586, no. 38). Lent to the Manchester's Exhibition by Col. Meyrick (see label on the back).

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 5 3/4 in
Width: 3 7/8 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1700 CE


This plaque was made in China (Macao) or Japan for a Portuguese or Spanish patron.

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Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Carved ivory in relief

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.257-1912
Primary reference Number: 31807
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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