France, Gothic period, 14th century
ivory, Overall: 16.9 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm (6 5/8 x 6 7/16 x 1/2 in.). Gift of Mrs. Chester D. Tripp in memory of Chester D. Tripp 1975.110
The four scenes represented on this ivory diptych are Christâ€™s Flagellation and Crucifixion on the left panel and Christâ€™s Resurrection and Appearance to Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere, or "Do not touch me"). Ivory diptychs like this one illustrating pivotal moments in the story of Christâ€™s Passion and resurrection served as powerful tools in the devotional practices of elite members of society during the later Middle Ages.
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