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Pax

Pax
second half of the sixteenth century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This rock crystal px is engraved with a representation of the Lamentation over the Dead Christ derived from a design by Michelangelo. The Virgin Mary is shown seated in full faced with extended arms in front of the cross. The body of the dead Christ rests frontally against her knees, the arms supported by standing putti on the right and left.

The design of the crystal derived from the lost Vittoria Colonna Pieta of Michelangelo, a copy of which survives in the Vatican library. The relief, which was used as a pax, a tablet to be kissed in worship, is enclosed in a gilt metal Spanish frame dating from the sixteenth century.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Rock crystal, carved
Brief Description
Lamentation over the Dead Christ; Rock crystal gilt metal mount Italian 16th cent
Physical Description
Rock crystal plaque with an arched top carved with a representation of the Lamentation over the Dead Christ derived from a design by Michelangelo. In a gilt metal mount.
Dimensions
  • Height: 105mm
  • Width: 61mm
Credit line
Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This rock crystal px is engraved with a representation of the Lamentation over the Dead Christ derived from a design by Michelangelo. The Virgin Mary is shown seated in full faced with extended arms in front of the cross. The body of the dead Christ rests frontally against her knees, the arms supported by standing putti on the right and left.



The design of the crystal derived from the lost Vittoria Colonna Pieta of Michelangelo, a copy of which survives in the Vatican library. The relief, which was used as a pax, a tablet to be kissed in worship, is enclosed in a gilt metal Spanish frame dating from the sixteenth century.
Collection
Accession Number
A.1-1943

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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