Crucifixion; St. Jerome

Object Name
Credit Line
The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Object Number
Not currently on display


Overall Open: 111mm (11.1 cm)


two circular panels, hinged and folded together
Upper: Crucifixion with fainting Virgin; male and female patrons kneeling at left; above, shield of arms; below, lozenge-shaped arms for the female;
lower half: St Jerome in forest praying before crucifix; hat, cloak and lion behind, church in distance; outside: low relief, Marriage of the Virgin, Virgin and Child with St Elizabeth [NB Marks 1977 says it's St. Anne]
source: British Museum website

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Carved Latin inscriptions around scenes:
dne memento mei du veneris in Regnu tuu hodie mecu eritis i paradiso [upper scene - Luke xxiii.42]
Leo rugiet quis non timebit amos 3o. [lower scene - Amos iii.8]
[source: British Museum website]
carved coats of arms on upper half of bead:
upper: bears party fessewise, in chief of a lion rampant and paly of 7 and in base 3 mascles with a bendlet sinister overall - arms of Dismas de Berghes, illegitimate son of Jean II de Glymes, Lord of Bergen op Zoom
lower lozenge-shaped shield: impaling a bend wavy between in chief a mullet of 5 points and a crescent, in base a fleur-de-lis -arms of his wife, Marie Laurin

Published References

Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 239, pl.XLIX; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.239; Richard Marks, 'Two Early 16th Century Boxwood Carvings Associated with the Glymes Family of Bergen op Zoom', in Oud Holland, Jaarg. 91, No. 3, 1977, pp.132-133; Paul Williamson, 'Netherlandish Sculpture 1450-1550', London, 2002, p.140

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 55


Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, London - acquired by British Museum 1898
Previous Owner(s)
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild


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