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The Salerno Ivories – re-photographed

Frame Pieces

Besides the plates with the Biblical scenes, 30 other objects that are mainly categorized as frames were photographed in the Diocesan Museum in Salerno. Among them are 13 medallions measuring about 6 x 6 cm in three different formats (diamond, circle, square) showing busts of apostles and orants. Some of the apostles can be identified by their attributes as for example “St Andrew” who is holding a cross in his right hand. The square-shaped plaques showing male busts without haloes were interpreted as prophets or even portraits of the artists.
In addition, fifteen fragments of a frieze (width: 5-7 cm) adorned with vegetal and animal images were part of the original ensemble. The fact, that compared to the number of plates with the Biblical scenes, only a few elements of the frames could be conserved, complicates the reconstruction of the original composition.
Because of their format, the two slim twin pillars were considered to be the frame of a New Testament scene as they were exhibited in the form of an antependium and also documented in historic photographs.


Apostle Andrew, 6 x 6 cm, KHI inv. no. 613977

Apostle, 5,5 x 6 cm, KHI inv. no. 613991

Orans, 5,5 x 6 cm, KHI inv. no. 613993

Ornamental frame with a Bird, detail, KHI inv. no. 613950

Ornamental frame with a Bird, 23,8 x 7 cm, KHI inv. no. 613952

Two ornamental frames, 19 x 5,4 cm, KHI inv. no. 613969

Frame Fragment with Birds, 22 x 7 cm, KHI inv. no. 613949

Ornamental frame with horns, 21,1 × 7 cm, KHI inv. no. 613959

A pair of twisted colonnettes, 23,4 × 1,7 cm; 23,5 × 2,1 cm, KHI inv. no. 613999

Back Side of the pair of twisted colonnettes, 23,4 × 1,7 cm; 23,5 × 2,1 cm, KHI inv. no. 614000

Romualdo Moscioni, Historical presentation of the plates as an antependium, detail, before 1893, Albumin paper print, 25,4 x 20 cm, Moscioni neg. no. 10384, KHI inv. no. 3782

Romualdo Moscioni, Historical presentation of the plates as an antependium, detail, before 1893, Albumin paper print, 25,5 x 20,2 cm, Moscioni neg. no. 10383, KHI inv. no. 3783




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Ornamental frame with horns, 21,1 × 7 cm, KHI inv. no. 613959

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