Biblical Scenes

Object Name
Monstrance
Artist/Maker
South Netherlandish
Object Type
Ceremonial Artifacts
Date
1500 - 1510; 16th or 17th century base
Medium
boxwood on late 16th or 17th century gold base with enamel
Credit Line
Schatzkammer der Residenz, Munich, Germany
Object Number
ResMüSch. 28
Location
Schatzkammer der Residenz
Institution/Owner
Schatzkammer der Residenz

Dimensions

Overall height, diameter: 12.9 × 5.7 cm (5 1/16 × 2 1/4 in.)

Description

Pinnacle: Virgin and child in centre, with four reliefs making up the Holy Kinship on the inside; upper bead opens into a triptych; corpus: Nativity, Moses and the Burning Bush, Gideon and the Fleece, Flowering of Aaron's Rod; left wing: Annunciation; right wing: Presentation in the Temple; lower bead: Adoration of the Magi; exterior: Tree of Jesse

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Inscription
Carved Latin inscriptions:

ET EGREDIETVR VIRGA DE RADICE JESSE, ET FLOS DE RADICE EIVS ASCENDET (around lower half of the central sphere, exterior) [Isaiah 11:1]
IACOB ANTE GENVIT JOSEPH VIRVM MARIAE DE QVA NATVS EST IESVS QVI VOCATVR CHRISTVS (around upper half of the central sphere, exterior)
ANNA MARIA JOACHYM (around scene under top section, interior)
EX AN[n]A VAS PORTANS NOBILE MANNA PRODIIT (underside top section, interior)
REGES THARSIS ET INSVLAE MVNERA OFFERENT, REGES ARABVM ET SABA DONA ADDVCENT (around lower half, interior) [Psalms 71:10]
VIDIMUS STELLAM EIUS IN ORIENTE ET VENIMUS CUM MUNERIBUS ADORARE DOMINUM (on closed wings, upper half, exterior)
ECCE ANCILLA DOMINI, FIAT MIHI SECVNDVM VERBVM TVVM (around left wing, interior) [Luke 1:38]
CONSVMATI SVNT DIES [octo] VT CIRCVM CIDERETVR PVER (around right wing, interior)
ET TV, BETHLEHEM TERRA JVDA, NEQVAQVAM MINIMA ES IN PRINCIPIBVS JVDA. EX TE ENIM EXIET DVX, QVI REGAT POPVLVM MEV[m] ISRAHEL (around upper half, interior) [Matthew 2:6]

[Source: Rijksmuseum catalogue]

Published References

Evelin Wetter, Zwei spätmittelalterliche Betnüsse aus den südlichen Niederlanden (Riggisberg: Abegg-Stiftung, 2011)

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 2

Provenance

Provenance
Described in Kunstkammer inventory of 1598 as in Buchsbaum holz ausgeschnitten Monstranz...
Previous Owner(s)
Unsorted

Subjects

Annunciation
Christianity
Nativity
Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Adoration of the Magi
Virgin and Child
Moses and the Burning Bush
Tree of Jesse
Aaron's rod
Gideon and the Fleece

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