Crucified Christ

Northern European

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14

This is one of the finest surviving medieval images in ivory of the crucified Christ. It is extraordinary in its monumental character and the sensitive rendering of the human body. Stylistically, it accords well with works produced in Paris around 1300, during the reign of King Philip the Fair (r. 1285–1314), but the use of walrus ivory suggests that the sculpture was carved by a Parisian artist (or one who had trained in the French capital) active in England, Scandinavia, or Cologne, where walrus ivory was more readily available than costly elephant tusks.

Crucified Christ, Walrus ivory with traces of paint and gilding, Northern European

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