Object Name
Object Type
Credit Line
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Object Number
Not currently on display


Overall: 57mm × 61mm × 29mm (5.7 × 6.1 × 2.9 cm)


Crucifixion surrounded by a busy scene of horsemen and other onlookers, with architecture in the background. The swooning Virgin Mary is supported by John the Evangelist and Mary Magdalene in the left foreground

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Carved Latin inscriptions:

ATTENDITE ET VIDETE SI ESY DOLOR SICVT DOLOR MEVS [in Renaissance capitals around outer hemisphere - source: Lamentations, Vulgate version, iii:41 and i:12]

O CRVX AVE SPES VNICA HOC PASSIONIS TEMPORE AV[GE] PIIS IVSTICIAM (around scene - source:later setting of hymn Vexilla Regis)

[source: Met site]

Published References

Ellis, Lisa and Suda, Sasha (Eds). (2016). Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures, exhibition catalogue, 5 November 2016 - 22 January 2017. Toronto, ON: Art Gallery of Ontario. [p. 40, 52, 53, 96]

Émile Molinier. Collection du Baron Albert Oppenheim: Tableaux et objects d'art, catalogue précédé d'une introduction. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1904. no. 93, p. 41, pl. LXII; Williamson, G.C. Catalogue of the Collections of Jewels and Precious Works of Art: the property of J. Pierpont Morgan. London: Chiswick Press, 1910. no. 39, pp. 63-64, pl. XXIII; Tangerman, E. J. Whittling and woodcarving. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936. p. 254, fig. 386, 387; Kurt Dingelstedt, “Betnuss” Reallexikon zur deutschen Kunstgeschichte I Edited by Otto Schmitt (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 1948): pp. 377-378; Portland Art Museum. Masterworks in Wood. The Christian Tradition : an exhibition, the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, November 12, 1975 through January 4, 1976. Portland, OR, 1976. no. 33

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 26


Baron Albert Oppenheim, Cologne (sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1906-1917)
Previous Owner(s)
Baron Albert Oppenheim
J. Pierpont Morgan


Related Works

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