Religion; Altar Frontal; 'Christ and the Adulteress' [new]

DB test 1

About this object

One of three panels in a series made for the Archbishop of Magdeburg, the others being M8061 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. [edit]

Christ and the Adulteress - Christ, with a nimbed halo, barefoot, seated on a folding stool against the wall, bends down to write on a footstool on the ground in the atrium of the Temple (described in John 8:2-11). Two bas-relief head on the footstool. Four supporting disciples above left; and from the right the Adulteress and four of her accusers. The eyes of Christ and the other five main figures are drilled. An architectural setting with simplified acanthus capitals on each column and beading round the arch.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Religion; Altar Frontal; 'Christ and the Adulteress' [new]
  • Accession no.
    DB test 1
  • Type
    Art
  • Common name
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Artist(s)
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: Scotland: DB Dundee
  • Date made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Collector
    D Dickinson
  • Place collected
    Americas: Northern America: USA: DB California
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Culture
    Medieval
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory Elephant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    110 mm x 102 mm; 4 5/16 in x 4 in [edit]
  • Note
    [edit]
  • Credit line
    Gift of Joseph Mayer [edit]
  • Copyright
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Physical description
    One of three panels in a series made for the Archbishop of Magdeburg, the others being M8061 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. [edit] Christ and the Adulteress - Christ, with a nimbed halo, barefoot, seated on a folding stool against the wall, bends down to write on a footstool on the ground in the atrium of the Temple (described in John 8:2-11). Two bas-relief head on the footstool. Four supporting disciples above left; and from the right the Adulteress and four of her accusers. The eyes of Christ and the other five main figures are drilled. An architectural setting with simplified acanthus capitals on each column and beading round the arch.
  • Red Book Data status
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Item count
    10
  • Location of copies
  • Other number(s)
    Photography Number: N91.1266.000; Bar Code: L1234567890
  • Related people
    D Dickinson (Collector); Liverpool City Centre Partnership (Previous owner)
  • Collection
    From the collections
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