Plaque with Christ Before the High Priest Caiaphas
Walrus Ivory and paint
Overall: 2 3/16 x 2 1/16 x 1/4 in. (5.6 x 5.2 x 0.6 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1963
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
Originally thought to be the missing base plaque of The Cloisters cross, this ivory is one of its closest surviving parallels. Within the city walls of Jerusalem, the bound figure of Christ is brought before the High Priest Caiaphas for trial. The shallow relief space and sketchy, less decisive figures differentiate its carving from that of the cross. It must have originally been part of a large narrative cycle dedicated to the Life of Christ.
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