Elements from a Tomb in the Holy Sepulchre,

It is easy to forget, given the splendor left behind, that the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem was a fledgling state, with its ruler ever anxious about succession and longevity. To honor their predecessors, Crusader kings ordered resplendent tombs for the Holy Sepulchre. These This architectural elements wasere likely parts of the tomb of the Crusader child king Baldwin V (reigned 1183–1186) or that of his uncle Baldwin IV (reigned 1161–1185). Their fears proved legitimate. Neither the kingdom nor this memorial to it survives.

Not on view

Public Domain

Object Details

Date: 1180s

Geography: Made in Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: 28 × 15 3/4 × 2 3/8 in., 91 lb. (71.1 × 40 × 6 cm, 41.3 kg)

Classification: Sculpture-Marble

Credit Line: Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven," September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017.