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Christ in Majesty: M.14-1904

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Christ in Majesty


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An ivory plaque
Christ seated on a throne, blessing and holding an open book, is surrounded by an oval laurel wreath and a raised band of ornament. In the spandrels are the symbols of the Evangelists, except top left corner where St Matthew himself is seen writing in a book on a desk. The ground is gilt, probably modern.


History note: 1901: Barrois & Ashburnham Coll. Sale (cat. no. 191)

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McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4 cm
Height: 15.3 cm
Width: 13.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


9th Century
Circa 800 CE - Circa 900 CE



This plaque was removed from a (probably) 19th century binding made to cover The Reichenau Epistolary, a 10th century Gospel also in the Museum's collection (MS McClean 30).

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Backing: composed of wood (plant material) cardboard

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1904
Primary reference Number: 31612
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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