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SUBJECT polyptychs
TYPE AAT
REFERENCE ID 300178235
NOTES Refers to painted or carved works consisting of multiple panels. They are typically altarpieces, but may be objects with other functions as well. The polyptych normally consists of a central panel with an even number of side-panels, which are sometimes hinged to fold, and a predella. Although any object with two or more panels may technically be called a 'polyptych,' the word is typically reserved for anything larger than a triptych. In early usage, the Greek term 'polyptycha' referred to multiple-panel writing tablets and calendar icons.
HIERARCHY Objects Facet>Visual and Verbal Communication>Visual Works>visual works (works)>polyptychs
CHILDREN pentaptychs

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