Christ in the House of Mary and Martha; Noli Me Tangere

Object Name
Prayer Bead
Artist/Maker
Flemish
Object Type
Prayer Bead
Date
early 16th century
Medium
boxwood (possibly pear or sandalwood)
Credit Line
Wallace Collection, London, United Kingdom
Object Number
S280
Location
Wallace Collection
Institution/Owner
Wallace Collection

Dimensions

Overall diameter: 5.1 cm (2 in.)

Description

Upper scene: Christ in the house of Mary and Martha with the 12 Apostles in the background; Lower scene: Noli Me Tangere with the Three Maries in the right background

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Inscription
Carved Latin inscriptions:

MARTA MARTHA SOLICITA ES ET TVRBARIS ERGA PLVRIMA lucem X [around upper scene - Luke 10:40]

NOLI ME TANGERE NONDVM ENIM ESCENDI AD PATREM Jo XX [around lower scene - John 20:17]

OMNIA DAT DOMINVS NON HBET ERGO [around outer upper hemisphere]

QVIS DICET PVRVM EST COR MEVM pro : 20 [around outer lower hemisphere]

[source: Wallace Collection website]

Published References

James Gow Mann, Wallace Collection Catalogues: Sculpture (London: The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, 1931 with supplement 1981, pp 103-105)

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 39

Provenance

Provenance
Nieuwerkeke Collection, Paris; acquired by Sir Richard Wallace 1871
Previous Owner(s)
Nieuwerkeke Collection

Subjects

Christianity
Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) John 20:17
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary (Luke 10)

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