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Pyx Depicting Women at the Tomb of Christ

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Dates/Places: Made in the eastern Mediterranean
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantine
Title: Pyx Depicting Women at the Tomb of Christ
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 599
Creation Date: 500s
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: 33 x 35 in. (83.8 x 88.9 cm)
Description: Narrative scenes such as this made visible the words of the Gospels, which describe a group of women, including the Virgin Mary, visiting the empty tomb of the risen Christ. Here, three women stand with their hands raised in the orant, or prayer, pose. Two swinging censers, approach a domed space where tied-back curtains reveal an altar. In the early church, the altar became understood as the symbol of Christ's tomb. On the altar is the gospel book; above it, a hanging lamp. Ivory containers, like this finely carved example worked from a cross section of an elephant's tusk, may have been used to carry the bread of the Eucharist to those too ill or elderly to attend the service.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.190.57
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.57
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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