About this object

Two ivory panels from a late antique diptych. On the left panel is Asclepius and on the right panel is Hygieia. The diptych shows two statues. On the left is the god Asclepius dressed as a philosopher, his serpent twisted up his staff. At his feet to the right as an ox-head and to the left the underworld child-deity Telesphoros, holding an open scroll. On the right panel, there is a more unusual image, a statue of Hygieia, the daughter of Asclepius, with Cupid.

The existence of the diptych is attested from about AD 1500, among drawings of items in the Gaddi collection. . The diptych remained with the Gaddi family until the 1750s. By about 1800 the diptych was in the collection of Caronni who sold it to County Mihály Wiczay of Hédervár in south-west Hungary. Wiczay in turn sold it to Gabor Fejérváry. Fejérváry (1781-1851) was born in the modern-day Slovak Republic. In 1851 Fejérváry's collection was bequeathed to his nephew, Ferenc Pulszky, who sold the collection to Joseph Mayer in 1855.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Early Medieval
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    400 AD - 430 AD
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory Elephant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    1800 before
  • Measurements
    313 mm x 278 mm x 7 mm; 12 5/16 in x 10 15/16 in x 1/4 in
  • Related people
    F Caronni (Previous owner); Gabor Fejérváry (Previous owner); Gaddi family (Previous owner); Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner); Ferenc Pulszky (Previous owner); Mihaly Viczay (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • 387 d.c. Ambrogio e Agostino. Le Sorgenti dell'Europa

    Pasini, Paolo

    Author: Pasini, Paolo
    Publisher: Olivares
    Date: 2003
    Description: Catalogue to accompany an exhibition of the same name held at the Museo Diocesano, Milano, from 8 December 2003 to 2 May 2004, preceded by a series of essays. The exhibition featured objects from the time of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, and St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo.

  • A superb collection of ivories, homeless since the raids of 1941, now exhibited in London

    Author:
    Publisher: The Illustrated London News
    Date: 1954-09-25
    Description: A review of the exhibition of ivory and bone objects from the Joseph Mayer collection, on exhibition for six months from 18th September 1954 at the British Museum, London.

  • Aurea Romana. Dalla città pagana alla città cristiana

    Author:
    Publisher: 'L'Erma' di Bretschneider
    Date: 2000
    Description:

  • Byzantium 330-1453

    Author:
    Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
    Date: 2008
    Description:

  • Catalogue of the Fejérváry Ivories, in the Museum of Joseph Mayer, Esq., F.S.A.

    Pulszky, F.

    Author: Pulszky, F.
    Publisher:
    Date: 1856
    Description:

  • Christianity in the Roman World

    Markus, R A

    Author: Markus, R A
    Publisher: Thames and Hudson
    Date: 1974
    Description:

  • Die Consulardiptychen und verwandte Denkmaeler

    Delbrueck, R

    Author: Delbrueck, R
    Publisher:
    Date: 1929
    Description:

  • Exhibition of Greek Art

    Author:
    Publisher: Libraries, Museums and Arts Committee of the Corporation of Liverpool
    Date: 1934
    Description: Catalogue of an exhibition of Greek art held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liveropool, February 12th - March 10th 1934

  • Goddess Within

    Baker, Jeannine Parvati

    Author: Baker, Jeannine Parvati
    Publisher:
    Date: 1981-05
    Description:

  • Ivories

    Maskell, Alfred

    Author: Maskell, Alfred
    Publisher: Charles E Tuttle Co
    Date: 1966
    Description: A reprint of Alfred Maskell's 'Ivories', originally published in 1915

  • Late Antique and Medieval Ivories

    Gibson, M

    Author: Gibson, M
    Publisher: The Society of Antiquaries of London
    Date: 1988
    Description:

  • Lexicon iconographicum mythologiae classicae

    Author:
    Publisher: Artemis
    Date: 1981
    Description:

  • Liverpool Ivories: Special Exhibition

    Author:
    Publisher: The Trustees of the British Museum
    Date: 1954
    Description: Catalogue of an exhibiton of ivory carvings lent by the City of Liverpool Public Museums, mostly from the Mayer-Fejervary collection.

  • Roman Aristocrats, Christian Commissions: The Carrand Diptych

    Shelton, K J

    Author: Shelton, K J
    Publisher: The University of Wisconsin Press
    Date: 1989
    Description:

  • Roman Medicine

    Cruse, A

    Author: Cruse, A
    Publisher: Tempus
    Date: 2004
    Description:

  • Spätantike und frühes Christentum

    Stutzinger, Dagmar

    Author: Stutzinger, Dagmar
    Publisher: Liebinghaus Museum alter Plastik
    Date: 1983
    Description: An illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition of the same name, held at the Liebinghaus Museum alter Plastik in Frankfurt am Main in 1983.

  • 'The Liverpool Free Public Museums' in The Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine For Collectors, July 1913

    Joseph A. Clubb

    Author: Joseph A. Clubb
    Publisher: The Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine For Collectors
    Date: 1913
    Description:

  • The Liverpool Ivories: Late Antique and Medieval Ivory and Bone Carving in Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.

    Gibson, Margaret

    Author: Gibson, Margaret
    Publisher: HMSO; National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1994
    Description: Catalogue of ivory and bone carvings from late antique and medieval held in collections of Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery.

  • Women in Late Antiquity

    Clark, G

    Author: Clark, G
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1993
    Description:

Events

  • Liverpool Ivories

    Start date: 1954-09-18
    End date: 1954-09-18
    Description: A temporary exhibition of 56 ivory carvings lent by the City of Liverpool Public Museums (now National Museums Liverpool) to the British Museum, London. The exhibition was organised by the department of Archaeology, Liverpool Museum (Elaine Tankard) and the department of British and Medieval Antiquities of the British Museum (P. Lasko). Some British Museum ivories which offer particularly close parallels with the Liverpool pieces were placed beside one another. The exhibition was held in the King Edward VII Gallery between 18 September 1954 and 3 September 1955 (extended from 5 March 1955) and an illustrated catalogue was published which cost 1s. 6d.

  • Byzantium 330-1453

    Start date: 2008-10-25
    End date: 2008-10-25
    Description: A temporary exhibition, a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Arts and the Benaki Museum in Athens, which covered a survey of Byzantine art between the city's foundation in AD 330 to its fall in 1453. The exhibition incorporated over 300 objects, and was held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 25th October 2008 until 22nd March 2009. The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue raisonné and series of essays on various themes.

  • Aurea Roma. Dalla Città Pagana alla Città Cristiana

    Start date: 2000-12-22
    End date: 2000-12-22
    Description: A temporary exhibition organised by the omune di Roma, Assesorato alle Politiche Culturali and the Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali and held at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. Curated by Serena Ensoli and Eugenio La Rocca, it included nearly 380 artefacts from more than 80 institutions and private collections. The exhibition was accompanied by an illustrated book of essays and a catalogue raisonné

  • Spätantike und frühes Christentum

    Start date: 1983-12-16
    End date: 1983-12-16
    Description: An exhibition held at the Liebieghaus Museum alter Plastik in Frankfurt am Main from 16th December 1983 to 11th March 1984.

  • 387 d.c. Ambrogio e Agostino. Le Sorgenti dell'Europa

    Start date: 2003-12-08
    End date: 2003-12-08
    Description: An exhibition held at the Museo Diocesano, Milano, from 8 December 2003 to 2 May 2004. The exhibition featured objects from the time of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, and St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, and was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue preceded by a series of essays.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ferenc Pulszky

    Owned from: 1851
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1855
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Gabor Fejérváry

    Owned from: 1834
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1851
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Mihaly Viczay

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1834
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • F Caronni

    Owned from: 1800
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Gaddi family

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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