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Relief - The Mocking of Christ
  • The Mocking of Christ
    Schenk, Christoph Daniel Schenk, born 1633 - died 1691
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The Mocking of Christ

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Konstanz (made)

  • Date:

    1685 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schenk, Christoph Daniel Schenk, born 1633 - died 1691 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Louis C. G. Clarke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR6

Ivory was popular as a material for religious subjects, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries. Spanish and Portuguese patrons imported ivories carved with Christian imagery from their territories overseas, such as the Philippines, Mexico and Goa. German and Netherlandish artists were renowned for their dexterity in ivory carving. Their reliefs are masterpieces of composition and virtuosity. This relief was made by Christoph Daniel Schenk (1633-1691) who was from a family of sculptors and worked in wood and ivory. He was probably trained by his father, Hans Christoph Schenk (1612-after 1656). He was active around Lake Constance, concentrating on religious subjects above all, producing large statues for altarpieces, as well as small-scale figures and reliefs in ivory.

Physical description

Relief in ivory of the Mocking of Christ. Christ seated, holding the reed in his bound hands while a man behind presses the Crown of Thorns on his head. Another man to the right pulls a face at him. Signed with the monogram C.D.S. and dated 1685.

Place of Origin

Konstanz (made)


1685 (made)


Schenk, Christoph Daniel Schenk, born 1633 - died 1691 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory

Marks and inscriptions

'C.D.S. 1685'
on the lower left beneath Christ's right foot.


Height: 9.4 cm, Width: 5.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr Louis C.G Clarke, The Old Granary, Newnham, Cambridge in 1933. Louis Clarke was the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge from 1937 to 1946.

Descriptive line

Relief, ivory, depicting the Mocking of Christ, by Christoph Daniel Schenk, Germany (Constance), 1685

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Theuerkauff, Christian ed. Elfenbein. Sammlung Reiner Winkler. Vol. II. 1994, p.81, no.31
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 30





Subjects depicted

Suffering; Reed; Men


Christianity; Sculpture; Religion; Reliefs


Sculpture Collection

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