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Title:Four Scenes from the Life of Christ
Date Made:ca. 1375
Place Made:Europe
Measurements:6 5/16 x 4 5/16 x 1/4 in.; 16.0338 x 10.9538 x .635 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1961.62
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

clockwise from the upper left corner: Crucifixion with two figures on either side of central Christ, Three Maries at the Tomb with three females on left and angel on right seated on tomb, Nativity with mother and child lying across bottom, Joseph at lower right and two angels in sky, and Annunciation with Mary standing at right and angel standing at left; religion -Christian; man; woman

Label Text:
This delicate ivory plaque once formed the left panel of a diptych (two hinged panels) used in private prayer. The scenes of the life of Christ were “read” for spiritual education, beginning at the lower left with the Annunciation (Angel Gabriel’s message to the Virgin Mary that she will bear a child). To the right is the Nativity (the birth of Jesus); above are the Crucifixion (Christ on the cross) and the holy women arriving at the empty tomb of Christ.

The style of the carving is Gothic, with graceful, swaying figures and elaborate arches that resemble those of the great cathedrals of northern Europe.

religion; narrative; men; Christianity; deaths; women

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