The Three Holy Women at the Holy SepulcherEarly 10th century
Information provided by the Metropolitan Museum:
North Italian; Made
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
place of Christ, shown here as a cylindrical structure. This episode
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
ivory carving of the tenth century.
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