A ghostly loincloth barely interrupts the continuous line of Christ's torso and legs, emphasizing the sculptor's forthright presentation of the body. The delicately cut crown of thorns is partly broken, exposing more of the strangely stippled hair. The distinctively styled beard is similarly detailed.
Inscription: In relief on scroll at top of cross: INRI [Jesus Nazarenus Rex Judaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews)]
J. Bossard , Lucerne, Switzerland (until August 27, 1903; sold for 120 francs to Bliss); Susan Dwight Bliss , New York (1903–44; to MMA)
Artist: Johann Valentin Gevers (German, ca. 1662–1732)Date: ca. 1710Medium: Oak and pine veneered with tortoiseshell, silver, silver gilt, and green-stained ivory; mirror glassAccession: 1989.20On view in:Gallery 531
Artist: Balthasar Permoser (German, Kammer, near Otting, Chiemgau, Bavaria 1651–1732 Dresden)Date: ca. 1680–85Medium: Marble on a black marble socle inlaid with light marble panelsAccession: 2002.468On view in:Gallery 548