Plaque with the Holy Women at the Sepulchre

North Italian

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14

This ivory plaque probably once served as part of a decorative cover for a liturgical manuscript. Three holy women intent on anointing the body of Jesus approach his burial place, the Holy Sepulchre, seen here as a twostory cylindrical building. A man "robed in white," and endowed here with wings, informs them that Jesus has risen from the dead. The Roman soldiers are asleep at their posts, completely unaware of the miracle of the Resurrection that has taken place.

Plaque with the Holy Women at the Sepulchre, Elephant ivory, North Italian

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