Ivory objects have always been highly appreciated, both for the quality and the exotic nature of the material and for the delicacy with which they are usually carved. Vic Cathedral once possessed two exceptional ivories, now unfortunately lost: a Byzantine tablet that portrayed Christ between Saint John and the Virgin and a Gothic diptych with scenes from the Passion. They were imported pieces. On the other hand, this exquisite figure of Saint John the Baptist holding the 'Agnus Dei' (Lamb of God) presents characteristics typical of the Catalan Gothic style and it is therefore considered to be a singular testimony to ivory carving in this country.


  • Title: Saint John the Baptist
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1400
  • Location Created: Catalonia, Spain
  • Physical Dimensions: w9.5 x h26 x d7.5 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: © Museu Episcopal de Vic, photographer: Gabriel Salvans
  • External Link: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Medium: Ivory with traces of polychromy
  • Style Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Style: Gothic
  • Provenance Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Provenance: Unknown
  • Place Part Of: Spain
  • Medium Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Description Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Description Extent: Complete

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