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The Virgin holds the Christ Child in the curve of her left arm a stem of flowers in her right hand the candle bearing angels set against the frame their eyes rendered with bulging lids. The figures placed beneath a single trefoil arch supported by corbels inset with tracery decorated above with leafy crockets and a central finial. Two hinge marks to the right edge indicate this was the left panel of a diptych.
Old labels to the reverse reading ‘Carved in Narwhal Horn’ and ‘Part of a Diptych Late 14th Century school of Soissons bought about 1908 for 5/- P8 GS’ and ‘1952 Identified by Mr. Morton Lee who has a collection’
Size: 10cm high, 6cm wide, 1cm deep – 4 ins high, 2¼ ins wide, ⅓ ins deep
During this period these devotional carvings together with the cult of the Virgin became very popular and there was not a single country in Europe that was not creating ivory sculpture, or a Royal treasury or a cathedral sacristy without its supply of fashionable ivory products.