About this object

Casket lid, with two hinge slots. Plain border; presumably a strip of gilded metal was once attached to it by the visible nail-holes. In the central scene, the Virgin (left) presents the infant Christ to the aged Simoen and Anna, identified 'ANA' on the side of her gown. Joseph follows (far left) with two doves and anonymous members of the crowd are in shallow relief (left and right. The Temple architecture, supported by four spiral columsn, in a triple baldachino in the Byzantine manner. Four smaller scenes: Top left, Moses receiving the tablets of the Law on Mount Sinai. Top right, Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac, prevented by the Hand of God (right), with angel providing a ram (left). Bottom left, Abel presents his offering of a lamb. Bottom right, Melchizedek, king of Jerusalem, brings bread and wine to the conquering Abraham. Anonymous bystanders in shallow relief (bottom right and left). The scenes have plain frames set within beading; an acanthus frame is round the whole panel.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Romanesque Europe
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England
  • Date made
    12th Century AD mid
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    204 mm x 98 mm x 9 mm
  • Note
    Acquired by Fejérváry in Ghent pre-1844, then Joseph Mayer.
  • Related people
    Gabor Fejérváry ( Previous owner); Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner); Ferenc Pulszky ( Previous owner)

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    Author: Pulszky, F
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    End date: 1954-09-18
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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Ferenc Pulszky

    Owned from: 1851-11-02
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1855
    Disposal method: Auctioned
  • Gabor Fejérváry

    Owned from: 1844
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1851-11-02
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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