created on 2019-07-20
Created on 2024-01-27
The image depicts an intricately carved ivory diptych. A diptych is a two-panel piece that is joined by hinges which allow for the panels to be opened and closed like a book. This diptych is open, displaying the detailed carvings on both panels, each crowned with a Gothic arch.
The carvings appear to depict religious, possibly Christian, scenes. The left panel shows a representation of the Crucifixion of Jesus, with figures standing and grieving beside the cross. Below this scene, it looks like the Entombment of Christ is depicted, with figures carrying his body.
The right panel features what could be the Resurrection of Jesus, showing an angel and figures responding to the risen Christ. Underneath this, there could be a portrayal of either the Ascension of Jesus or a saintly narrative, where figures appear to be gazing upwards towards a central figure that might represent Jesus ascending to heaven or receiving a holy figure.
The diptych's Gothic architecture, embellished with trefoil and quatrefoil patterns along with small projecting figures or "fleurons" along the pointed arches, indicate that this artwork may be from the medieval period, specifically reflecting the Gothic art style prevalent in Europe during the Middle Ages.
The craftsmanship is highly detailed, suggesting it was a luxury object, potentially used for personal devotion or as an altarpiece. The hinges suggest it could be closed, which would have protected the delicate carvings when not in use.