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Triptych: M.21-1904

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Triptych, ivory. The subjects are in two zones under crocketed canopies, and are taken from the Passion of Christ.


History note: The Stein Collection; Sir T.G. Carmichael Coll; sold Christie's, 12 May 1902, lot 18.

Legal notes

McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Width: 22.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 14th Century
Circa 1330 - Circa 1370


The scene of Judas taking money from the High Priests is not common, though it occurs on ivories associated by Koechlin (1905) with the Soissons Diptych in the Victoria & Albert Museum (211-1865), and on the 'rose' group. The Betrayal is unusual in omitting Malchus and St Peter, thought it is similar to the scene on the Soissons Diptych, and on the ivory in the victoria and Albert Museum (367-1871) which belongs to the 'rose' group.

The two wings are 1/4in. shorter than the centre panel.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Side: Height 14.5 cm Width 5.5 cm
Centre: Height 14.9 cm Width 11.0 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory, carved

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21-1904
Primary reference Number: 31652
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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