The Cologne Diptych


German, 1300-1325
Silver gilt with translucent and opaque enamels; 2⅜ x 3 7/16 in. (6.1 x 8.7 cm.)
The Cloisters, New York City, Gift of Ruth Blumka, 1980.366

"…The unusual inclusion of a midwife in the Nativity scene is an iconographic peculiarity that appears for the most part to have been of Austrian origin. While the place in which this diptych originated remains somewhat uncertain, the essential stylistic qualities of the work link it with Cologne."

–Online commentary by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City