Western Germany / Plaque with the Ascension / ca. 1050Western Germany
Plaque with the Ascension
ca. 1050

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Dates/Places: Western Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Western Germany
Title: Plaque with the Ascension
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1040
Creation End Date: 1060
Creation Date: ca. 1050
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: ivory
Dimensions: H. 4 in. (10.2 cm), W. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)

The Ascension of Christ, that moment forty days after his resurrection when he ascended bodily into heaven, was a favored theme among carvers of ivory plaques in the early Middle Ages. The subject seemed to lend itself to an array of visual interpretations: though artists repeatedly turned to the subject, they never settled on rote depictions. Christ might leap to heaven with enthusiasm, step in a more purposeful way, or even fly. The amazed onlookers vary in number and display a variety of reactions.

In this instance, Christ seems to float upward, looking and pointing toward the hand of God who reaches out, unusually, with a wreath of victory. Christ is flanked by two astounded apostles , while lively depictions of the personifications of Earth and Ocean appear below him, allusions to the physical world he leaves behind.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1970.324.2
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1970
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.1970.324.2
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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