North Italian / Three Holy Women at the Holy Sepulcher / early 10th centuryNorth Italian
Three Holy Women at the Holy Sepulcher
early 10th century

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Name-CRT: North Italian
Title: Three Holy Women at the Holy Sepulcher
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Creation Start Date: 900
Creation End Date: 933
Creation Date: early 10th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Ivories
Materials and Techniques: Elephant ivory
Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (19 x 10.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1993.19
Credit Line: Purchase, The Cloisters Collection and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993

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.

Context - Place: Milan
AMICA ID: MMA_.1993.19
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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