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Medieval Ivories and Works of Art

Medieval Ivories and Works of Art


The Thomson collection contains examples of the highest quality of most types of medieval ivory carving, both secular and religious. These include large statuettes of the Virgin and Child intended to stand on altars in chapels, small versions for private use in the home and folding tablets or diptychs with scenes from the life of Christ carved in relief. Alongside these are beautiful small carved writing tablets, boxes and caskets, combs, hair parters, mirror cases with scenes of romantic encounters between elegant young men and women, and a rare set of carving and serving knives with fabulous beasts decorating the ivory handles. A highlight of the collection is the magnificent Dormeuil Diptych of the Passion of Christ. Other significant medieval works include examples of stained glass, woodwork and metalwork, notably the 12th-century Malmesbury reliquary casket.

  • John Lowden and John Cherry

    Medieval Ivories and Works of Art in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario


    128 pages, jacketed paperback

    280 x 240 mm, 80 illustrations
    ISBN: 978 1 903470 80 0

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