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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Name-CRT: Spanish
Title: Plaque with the Journey to Emmaus and the Noli Me Tangere
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1115
Creation End Date: 1120
Creation Date: ca. 1115-1120
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Ivories
Materials and Techniques: Ivory, traces of gilding
Dimensions: 10 5/8 x 5 5/16 in. (27 x 13.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 17.190.47
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Two appearances of the risen Christ are represented on this ivory plaque. Christ's encounter with two disciples on the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus is depicted at the top. According to the Gospel of Luke, the disciples, "their faces full of gloom," lamented Christ's crucifixion to a stranger they met on the road. Knowing that he was not recognized, Christ explained that it was preordained that the Messiah must suffer in order to redeem humankind (Luke 24:13-27). The figures are not placed in an illusionistic setting but are portrayed against a neutral background. The traveler's are equipped with appropriate traveling gear-staff, water gourd, and purse-and their spirited discussion is emphasized by their lively stride.
In the lower register, Christ appears to Mary Magdalene, who, according to the Gospel of John, stood weeping outside Jesus' empty tomb. Seeing Christ and thinking he was the gardener, she said, "If it you, sir, who removed him, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said, "Mary!" She turned to him and said, "Rabbuni!" (Hebrew for "My Master"). Jesus said, "Noli me tangere [Do not touch me] for I have not as yet ascended to the Father" (John 20:11-17). The drama of both these narratives is effectively conveyed through the vigorous, elongated bodies, gesturing heads, and large hands. The swirling drapery with pearled borders similarly emphasizes the action. The plaque was part of a larger composition representing scenes from the life of Christ, but its context remains unknown.
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.190.47
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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