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Plaque from a Portable Altar Showing Christ and the Apostles
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Item Details
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Culture
Germany, Lower Rhine Valley, Romanesque period, 11th century
Title
Plaque from a Portable Altar Showing Christ and the Apostles
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Work Type
Ivory
Date
1050-1100
Material
walrus ivory
Measurements
Overall: 5.1 x 16.5 cm (2 x 6 1/2 in.)
Description
These intricately carved ivory panels once decorated the sides of a portable altar. Three of the plaques, those depicting Christ in Majesty and his apostles, were the first major acquisition of William M. Milliken, the museum's first curator of decorative arts and later director (1930–58). They were purchased from Emile Rey, the New York partner of Arnold Seligmann, Rey, and Company, who had been closely associated with J. P. Morgan, Henry Walters, and other important American collectors. The fourth plaque, depicting Christ's crucifixion, was donated by Arnold Seligmann, Rey, and Company later the same year. As Milliken later recalled, the pieces Rey showed him "were immensely intriguing, monumental in scale, even if tiny in size, the Christ in the Mandorla could have been enlarged and would have graced the tympanum of a great cathedral. . . . These morse [that is, walrus] ivories overwhelmed me . . . Somehow they must come to Cleveland. How was the question. Yet they would and must."
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: MED - Romanesque
Department: Medieval Art
Gallery: 106C Medieval Treasury
Provenance: [Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Company, Inc., New York.]
Gift of J. H. Wade
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
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File Properties
File Name
1922.307.c_full.tif
SSID
24579600

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