Circular Box (Pyxis) with the Women at Jesus' Tomb


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The Gospel of Luke (24:1-10) describes a group of women, among them Mary Magdalene, coming to the empty tomb of the risen Christ. Here three women stand in the orant, or prayer, pose. Two others, swinging censers, approach from either side of a domed building in which tied-back curtains reveal an altar, which may refer to Christ's tomb. Similar curtains separated the altar from the nave, or public area, in early churches in the eastern Mediterranean.

Circular Box (Pyxis) with the Women at Jesus' Tomb, Elephant ivory with metalwork and paint, Byzantine

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