Sculpture Journal

Ivories from medieval Wales: contexts and afterlives

Sculpture Journal (2014), 23, (1), 65–80.

Abstract

Few ivories can be ‘localized’ or reveal histories of ownership. This article shows how archaeological discoveries can provide specific information on context, and describes as a case study a little known corpus of ivories from Wales, some previously unpublished, and their contexts. These include a ‘lost’ diptych associated with Valle Crucis Abbey, Denbighshire; a ‘Presentation at the Temple’ plaque found at Dolforwyn Castle, Montgomeryshire; and a plaque discovered at Basingwerk Abbey, Flintshire. The afterlife of a recently married pair of diptych leaves in the collections of National Museums Liverpool and Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, and the application of laser scanning to replicate a panel, are described.

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Redknap, Mark