Llandaff diptych

Contributed by National Museum Wales Cardiff

Right hand panel of the Llandaff diptych with laser-cut replica of the left hand panel. © National Museum of Wales

During the 1200s and 1300s Paris became a prolific manufacturing centre of religious and everyday objects from ivory.Medieval diptychs and triptychs (made of two or three panels) were intended to engage their medieval owners in private meditation of Christâ??s life and suffering, and intensify their devotional experiencet. Many would have been used in homes of the wealthy.

The right panel shows Christ flanked by the Virgin Mary (on left) and St John the Evangelist as a young man (on right). John holds a book and is shown turned away from the cross. An architectural canopy crowns the scene. The left-hand panel shows the Virgin and Child flanked by St Peter (bearing keys) and St Paul (with sword). This panel was identified in 2006 in the collections of National Museums Liverpool. Both panels share dimensions and other features that confirm they once belonged together. The Llandaff panel has now been reunited with a laser-cut resin copy of its original partner.

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AD 1340-60


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