Ivory, traces of gilding
Overall: 25.9 x 21.3 cm (10 3/16 x 8 3/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.450
The pinnacle, roof moldings, and base are modern additions attached before the object entered our collection.
The Virgin and Child, standing beneath a three-part arch, occupy the central plaque of this triptych. On the wings are carved four scenes from the life of the Virgin: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Adoration of the Magi, and Christ's Presentation in the Temple. By the end of the 12th century, devotional objects like this became widespread in many parts of Western Europe as a result of the growing cult of the Virgin.
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