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Three Holy Women at the Holy Sepulcher

Date:
early 10th century
Geography:
Made in Milan (?), Italy
Culture:
North Italian
Medium:
Elephant ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 5/16 in. (19 x 10.8 x 0.8 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Cloisters Collection and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.19
  • Description

    This ivory plaque probably once served as part of a decorative cover for a liturgical manuscript. Depicted is the visit of the Three Marys to the Holy Sepulcher, the burial place of Christ, shown here as a cylindrical structure. This episode represents the attempt to convey the divinity of the risen Christ in visual terms. The stylistic vitality of this composition is exemplified in the deeply undercut, rhythmic carving of the trees and soldiers. The visual force of this work and its sculptural immediacy are characteristic of Milanese ivory carving of the tenth century.

  • Provenance

    Victor Martin Le Roy , Neuilly-sur-Seine ; Jean-Joseph Marquet de Vasselot , Paris ; [ Alain Moatti , Paris (sold 1993)]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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