About this object

One of three panels in a series made for the Archbishop of Magdeburg, the others being M8062 and M8017. Sixteen of the series survive and two others are known from an early 16th century drawing. It is believed the ivory panels may have constituted an altar-frontal, hence the conventional name 'Magdeburg antependium'. By the mid-11th century the panels were being detached and re-used.

Christ Commissioning the Apostles - Christ, with a nimbed halo, barefoot, with a scroll in his left hand, addresses twelve disciples, of whom only the leader, bearded, tonsured and also barefoot, is shown in full profile. The eyes of Christ and the leading disciple are drilled. The background consisting of crosses with single incised borders, and the whole image sunk within the broad, plain outer frame.

Provenance: Hallesches Heiltum c.1520; Possenti collection, Fabriano c.1820; Joseph Mayer by 1855.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Early Medieval
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Western Europe: Germany
  • Date made
    980 AD about
  • 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
    1520 before
  • Measurements
    129 mm x 118 mm x 8 mm; 5 1/16 in x 4 5/8 in x 5/16 in
  • Related people
    Albrecht of Brandenburg (Previous owner); Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner); Camillo Possenti (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • Bernward von Hildesheim und das Zeitalter der Ottonen

    Author:
    Publisher: Bernward Verlag; Verlag Philipp von Zabern
    Date: 1993
    Description: Illustrated catalogue to acompany the exhibition of the same name held at Hildesheim in 1993.

  • Catalogue of Mediaeval & Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum including the Mather collection of miniatures and medals relating to the Bonaparte family

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Publisher:
    Date: 1883
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's medieval and post-medieval collection, which was either gifted by Mayer in 1867 or purchased from the Mayer Museum Duplicate Fund. The catalogue also lists the Mather Collection, which was left to the city of Liverpool in 1872 by Mr. John Mather, who obtained it in the first instance by purchase from Mayer. The collection of French Revolution badges and medals was purchased in 1870.

  • Introducing the New Testament

    Hunter, A M

    Author: Hunter, A M
    Publisher: SCM Press
    Date: 1972
    Description:

  • Late Antique and Medieval Ivories

    Gibson, M

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

  • Otto der Grosse und das Roemische Reich. Kaisertum von der Antike zum Mittelalter

    Author:
    Publisher: Schnell und Steiner; Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg
    Date: 2012
    Description: Catalogue to accompany the exhibition 'Otto der Grosse und das Roemische Reich. Kaisertum von der Antike zum Mittelalter', held in the Kulturhistorischen Museum Magdeburg from 27.8.2012 to 9.12.2012. The exhibition commemorated 1100 years since the birth of Otto der Grosse (Otto the Great).

  • Otto der Grosse, Magdeburg und Europa

    Author:
    Publisher: Philipp von Zabern
    Date: 2001
    Description: Two volumes, one comprising essays the other a catalogue, to accompany the exhibition 'Otto der Grosse, Magdeburg und Europa' which took place at the Kulturhistorischen Museum at Magdeburg from 27th August to 2nd December 2001.

  • 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.

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.

  • Otto der Grosse, Magdeburg und Europa

    Start date: 2001-08-27
    End date: 2001-08-27
    Description: A temporary exhibition of over 400 objects from the time of Otto I (also known as 'Otto the Great', AD 912-971), who was the founder of the Holy Roman Empire. The exhibition was held in the Kulturhistorischen Museum at Magdeburg from 27th August 2001 until 2nd December 2001. The exhibiton was accompanied by two volumes, one of essays, the other an illustrated catalogue.

  • Bernward von Hildesheim und das Zeitalter der Ottonen

    Start date: 1993
    End date: 1993
    Description: An exhibition on the life of Bernward von Hildesheim, Bishop of Hildesheim from AD993 to AD1022. The exhibition, which was held at the Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Hildesheim and the Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum in 1993, was accompanied by an illustrated catalogue 'Bernward von Hildesheim und das Zeitalter der Ottonen'.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Camillo Possenti

    Owned from: 1820
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1855
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Albrecht of Brandenburg

    Owned from: 1520
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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