By Appointment Only Leuven Belgium 32475648678
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$ 2,438

17th C, Baroque, Flemish School, Religious, Very Finely Carved Crucified Christ

Documentation Signed
Origin Belgium
Period Pre 18th Century
Materials Organic materials, hand crafted
W. 4.72 in; H. 5.51 in; D. 0.79 in;
W. 12 cm; H. 14 cm; D. 2 cm;
Condition Good.
Description The opening of new sea routes along the coasts of East and West Africa in the 17th century gave an incentive to ivory carving in the Netherlands and Central Europe. The creamy white African ivory had the great advantage of being easily workable. It could be chiseled without splintering too much. This allowed the carver to work out his objects down to the finest details. The shimmering appearance of the polished ivory made it popular with princes and wealthy citizens. They liked to display small ivory objects in their “Kunstkammer”. Church authorities bought numerous ivory carvings of religious nature for their treasuries. Devotional subjects such as the Passion or suffering of Christ have highly sought after. This crucified Christ, who originally may have been nailed to a wooden cross, has exquisite lines. The hip rotation, which is emphasized by the folds of the perizonium, provides a great sensuality. The visibility of the ribs indicates, in a sense, the suffering of a serenely deceased Christ.
Styles / Movements Baroque, Religious, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 298
Incollect Reference Number 462936
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