Art/ Collection/ Art Object


18th century
probably German
Figure: ivory; cross: black wood; scroll: silver
Overall: 24 1/4 × 10 3/8 in. (61.6 × 26.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1944
Accession Number:
Not on view
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)
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