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Plaque with Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem

Made in Milan
Overall: 6 13/16 x 4 5/8 x 1/4 in. (17.3 x 11.7 x 0.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Probably part of a large narrative cycle of the life of Jesus, this ivory shows his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This incident, in which the populace hailed him as king with palm branches and cloaks, launches the sequence of events that led to the Crucifixion.
Inscription: Inscribed: on background XPS and IHS.
Sir Andrew Fountaine, Norfork, England; George R. Harding(sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1906–1913)
Westwood, J. O., ed. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum, with an Account of the Continental Collection of Classical and Medieval Ivories. London: South Kensington Museum, 1876. no. 327, p. 149.

The celebrated Fountaine collection of majolica, Henri II. ware, Palissy ware, Nevers ware, Limoges enamels. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, June 16, 1884. no. 526, p. 63.

Goldschmidt, Adolph. Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der Zeit der Karolingischen und Sächsischen Kaiser, VIII.-XI. Jahrhundert. Vol. 1. Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1914. no. 151, p. 73, pl. LXIII.

Breck, Joseph. "Pre-Gothic Ivories in the Pierpont Morgan Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 15, no. 1 (January 1920). p. 15.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 48.

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