Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 16th–early 17th century
probably Italian
Ivory and ebony
H. (total) 35 in. (88.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Hugh J. Grant, in memory of her husband, Hugh J. Grant, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.199.1a, b
Not on view
The subtle modeling of Christ's elongated limbs and the virtuoso undercutting of his hair and crown of thorns point to the hand of an accomplished sculptor. The elaborate terminal ornaments on the ends of the arms of the cross appear on a number of ivory crucifixions from Italy. The name of the site where the Crucifixion took place, Golgotha or Calvary, means "place of the skull"; sculptures depicting the ground below the cross often show a skull, here lost.
Mrs. Hugh J. Grant (until 1982; to MMA)
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