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model building/structure

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    SLMisc.151

  • Description

    Model church; olive wood and ivory; Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; inlaid with mother-of-pearl in quatrefoils and, at west end, rosettes; detachable roof; hinged aisle roofs and pull-shutters; interior also inlaid.

  • Date

    • 17thC-18thC (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 39 centimetres
    • Width: 25 centimetres
    • Height: 17.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Hans Sloane Manuscript Catalogue: 'The model of the temple at Bethlehem G.4.G. - - - 5.7.6.' The latter is the price paid. These models are much rarer than the Holy Sepulchre ones; only 2 are listed in Piccirillo 2007, one in Palazzo Pitti in Florence and this one.

    See W. Harvey et al, The Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem, London, 1910, page 20.

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  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1921 p. 172 bibliographic details
    • Piccirillo 2007 p.127 no. 2 (described and illustrated in detail) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1753

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    SLMisc.151

Model church; wood; Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem; inlaid all over and inside with mother-of-pearl quatrefoils, rosettes and geometric patterns; tower, dome, cupola and roof panels are detachable to reveal interior; shutters at west end have become detached; open-topped cupola is slightly convex in shape; cross-bar of the H of the inlaid sacred monogram on tower is straight, not hump-backed; inscribed on roof.

Model church; wood; Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem; inlaid all over and inside with mother-of-pearl quatrefoils, rosettes and geometric patterns; tower, dome, cupola and roof panels are detachable to reveal interior; shutters at west end have become detached; open-topped cupola is slightly convex in shape; cross-bar of the H of the inlaid sacred monogram on tower is straight, not hump-backed; inscribed on roof.

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