Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
The Treasure of Saint Denis
Ivory Plaques of Liturgical Scenes
Adapted from Félibien, Plate II, Item Z
There are also some vey ancient manuscripts whose covers
are for the most part extremely rich.
Félibien, pages 540. Translated by Jane Vadnal.
- Taken to the Louvre December 5, 1793.
- Plaques currently in the Louvre, Paris, numbers MR 368-9.
Louvre, p. 112-4.
- In 1706, when Félibien wrote his book, at least one of the plaques
was used as part of a book cover. However, the book itself has since been
- Made of elephant ivory
- Height 16.2 cm.Width 10.5cm.
- Subject matter :
- Plaque 1: Top level-Priest conducting services, Middle level-Liturgical
procession(?); Lower Level-Person surrounded by a crowd.
- Plaque 2: Top level-Two pairs of people, each containing one lay person
and one cleric, seem to give or exchange something. On the left, they exchange
some sort of round object, on the right, they exchange a book(??), Middle
level-Baptism (left) and Unction (right); Lower Level-Central preson and
attendants are accliamed (??) by clerics (left) and soldiers (right)
- Probably made in the Court of Charles the Bald, ca. 870-5.
Louvre, p. 112-5.
Click here to see other manuscripts
in the Treasure of Saint-Denis.
Félibien, pages 540.
Louvre, no. 16., pp. 112-5.
Montesquiou-Fezensac, I and II, no 184 and 347,;III. pp 90-2, pl. 84-5.
Created by J Vadnal, July, 1998