Miniature Altarpiece: Crucifixion

Object Name
Object Type
boxwood with leather case
Credit Line
The British Museum, London, United Kingdom
Object Number
Not currently on display


Overall height: 25.1 cm (9 7/8 in.)


Upper section is triptych with ogee arches, Crucifixion in centre in relief, on vaulted background, numerous figures in foreground;
left wing: Bearing of the Cross with Sacrifice of Isaac in distance;
right: Resurrection, with Entombment and other scenes in background;
second stage is smaller triptych carved in low relief with Agony in the Garden and, on the leaves, the Betrayal

rests on semi-circular arcade with Last Supper in full relief; each side with seated lion grasping a shield

rectangular base with wrestling children filling the angles; whole rests on two recumbent lions chained to posts; between them is shield with helmet, mantlings and crest, eagle displayed

leather case with gilt borders

source: British Museum website

Signature, Inscriptions, and Markings

Carved Latin inscription beneath central scene:


1511 [on lower section below Judas]

MDXI [inscription on case]

[source: British Museum website]

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. 232, pl.XLV; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.232; Jaap Leeuwenberg, De gebedsnoot van Eewert Jansz van Bleiswick en andere werken van Adam Dirksz (Ghent: Miscellanea Jozef Duverger, Bijdragen tot de Kunstgeschiedenis der Nederlanden II, 1968) fig. 3; 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.141-142, pl.6; H. Tait, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', BM London 1981, p. 28, fig. 17; William D. Wixom, 'A Brabantine Boxwood Triptych' in Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Vol. 61, No. 1/2, Summer 1983, p.43; John Mack, 'The Art of Small Things', British Museum, London, 2007, p.79 & illus.; John Lowden and John Cherry, 'Medieval Ivories and Works of Art: The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario', Thomson Collection, Toronto, 2008, p.142;

Catalogue Raisonné

Romanelli 4


Baron Anselm Rothschild, Vienna, by 1866 (cat no. 28); Bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild
Previous Owner(s)
Baron Anselm Rothschild
Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild


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