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Relief - The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sacrifice of Isaac

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh

  • Museum number:

    A.7-1939

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief in monochrome, off-white wax depicts the sacrifice of Isaac. Abraham stands to the left holding the sacrificial knife and looking upwards to the Angel, who appears from the clouds. Abraham's left arm is outstretched, holding his son Isaac's head. Isaac himself crouches on a bundle of faggots on the altar. On the right is the ram caught in a bush. The style and quality of this wax recalls the work of the South German sculptor Ignaz Elhafen (1658-1715). Its purpose and original context are unknown, but possibly it relates to contemporary ivory reliefs.

Physical description

Relief in white wax. Abraham stands to the left holding the sacrificial knife and looking upwards to the Angel who appears from the clouds. His left arm is outstretched to hold the head of Isaac who crouches on a bundle of faggots on the altar. On the right is the ram caught in a bush. Above are overhanging branches of a tree.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wax

Dimensions

Height: 23 cm, Width: 17 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A.

Descriptive line

Wax, South German, 17th century

Materials

Wax

Techniques

Modelled

Categories

Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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