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Nativity and Crucifixion, reliquary diptych
(c. 1320)

Medium
glass (verre églomisé), wood, (bone)
Measurements
20.3 × 24.4 × 1.8 cm (open)
Place/s of Execution
Assisi, Umbria, Italy
Accession Number
3651-D3
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1936
© Public Domain
Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International
About
This reliquary in the form of a diptych showing the Nativity of Christ and his Crucifixion is one of a small group of related objects produced in a workshop in Assisi, Umbria, associated with the Franciscan father Pietro Teutonico. The object is intended for private devotional use and would have served as a souvenir of a pilgrimage to the Franciscan shrines at Assisi. The coats of arms presumably represent the patron who commissioned the object. The verre églomisé technique involves painting on the reverse side of the glass and is intended to emulate the effect of more expensive enamel work.