Medieval Ivory Carvings: Early Christian to Romanesque

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Harry N. Abrams, Aug 1, 2010 - Art - 480 pages
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This authoritative, accessible survey is the first since 1927 devoted entirely to ivories of the Middle Ages. Color photographs display the V&A’s significant collection, which is especially strong in Carolingian, Anglo-Saxon, and English Romanesque examples. Following an essay on the V&A’s collecting and study of these masterpieces, the book features major works from every era of the period: the Symmachi Panel from late antiquity; the front cover of the Lorsch Gospels from the Carolingian era; the Ottonian Basilewsky Situla; the Veroli Casket from 10th-century Byzantium; the St Nicholas Crozier; the enigmatic whalebone carving of the Adoration of the Magi from the Romanesque 12th century; and numerous others. Each entry provides a full physical and scholarly discussion, synthesizing the exist ing literature and incorporating new research.

Praise for MEDIEVAL IVORY CARVINGS:

"A summation of a lifetime’s involvement with the study of medieval ivories and a triumph of scholarship - one of the defining publications in the field.” The Art Newspaper
 
"The end result is the nearest thing to perfection attained in any catalogue of ivories today.”
West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture (Bard Graduate Center)
 
"The volume is, in sum, not simply a catalogue of ivories but a fundamental contribution to the history of medieval art.” The Burlington Magazine
 
"A superlative achievement, setting a high standard for all future catalogues and making an immense contribution to scholarship.” Speculum: Journal of Medieval Studies

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Contents

PREFACE
9
I3 THE COLLECTING AND STUDY OF MEDIEVAL IVORY CARVINGS AT SOUTH KENSINGTON
13
The Scope of the Catalogue
26
A Note on the Entries THE CATALOGUE
27
Late Antique and Early Christian
30
Byzantine
48
I45 Early Medieval c 8001000
138
AngloSaxon
203
Spanish
357
English
374
I3 Romanesque Gaming Pieces
415
Copies and Fakes
436
Radiocarbon Dating of Selected Ivories
454
BIBLIOGRAPHY
457
CONCORDANCE
475
INDEX
476

German
266
French and Flemish
314
Italian
336
48o PICTURE CREDITS
480
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Paul Williamson is keeper of sculpture, metalwork, ceramics, and glass at the V&A. He has written and lectured extensively on medieval ivory carvings. His many books include Gothic Sculpture 1140–1300 and Netherlandish Sculpture.

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