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casket

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1856,0623.4

  • Description

    Casket; one of four panels; ivory, carved in relief with the Judgement and Denial of St Peter: to the left, Pilate wearing a mantle is seated on a raised throne with high back, his hands over a basin into which an attendant pours water from a ewer; in the middle Christ carries his cross towards the right, urged forward by a soldier; to the right St Peter is seated on the ground before a brazier, above him on a bracket is a cock, and behind him the female servant pointing at him.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 420-430 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 75 millimetres
    • Width: 98 millimetres
    • Weight: 115 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Published: F. Harley McGowan, The Maskell Passion Ivories and Greco-Roman Art, In: J. Mullins, J. Ní Ghrádaigh and R. Hawtree (eds.), Envisioning Christ on the Cross: Ireland and the Early Medieval West, Dublin, 2013, 13-33; K. Weitzmann (ed.), Age of Spirituality (exh. cat.), New York, 1978, no 452; Exh. cat., Spätantike und frühes Christentum (Liebieghaus Museum alter Plastik), Frankfurt, 1983, no 267. Part of 1856,0623.5-7

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  • Bibliography

    • Foletti 2017 bibliographic details
    • Volbach 1976 116 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1901 291 bibliographic details
    • Weitzmann 1979 452 bibliographic details
    • Spier et al. 2007 57 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1909 7 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc8/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, Treasures of Heaven
    2007 18 Nov-2008 30 Mar, USA, Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art
    2000 23 Feb-7 May, London, The National Gallery, Seeing Salvation: The Image of Christ
    1996 30 Mar-13 Nov, Italy, Rimini, Sala dell’Arengo, Dalla Terra Alle Genti
    1983-1984 15 Dec-11 Mar, Germany, Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Late Antiquity and Early Christianity
    1981 27 Feb-4 May, France, Paris, Musee de Luxembourg, A l'Aube de France, la Gaule de Constantin a Childeric
    1980 12 Oct-15 Dec, Germany, Mainz, Gallien in der Spatantike
    1977-1978 18 Nov-12 Feb, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Early Christian Art

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1856

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1856,0623.4

COMPASS Title: Panel from an ivory casket: Christ carrying the Cross

COMPASS Title: Panel from an ivory casket: Christ carrying the Cross

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