Diptych with scenes of the Life and Passion of Christ
Artist/maker unknown, French
Ivory reliefs like this one were most often made for private devotion. Works in this refined style were a specialty of Parisian craftsmen, and this piece is similar in style to ivories attributed to the anonymous "Paris Passion atelier." Although miniature, these religious scenes in architectural settings echo the dense sculptural decoration carved in stone on church façades.
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