The Entry into Jerusalem
- Place of origin:
15th century (made)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Credit Line:
Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
This subject is rare in medieval English alabasters. It has been suggested that the branch beneath the donkey represents a willow branch bearing male catkins, which was probably used in mystery plays and processions in place of a palm.
The bearded Christ, with a halo carved with a cross and wearing a long gown, is riding on a donkey, looking to the right. Behind him on the left side of the panel stand two bearded figures of disciples, carrying closed books in their left hands, their right hands raised. A third beardless figure stands behind them next to a tree. On the right of the panel stand two veiled women and two bearded men with their hands raised. A youthful figure wearing a short belted tunic kneels in front of the donkey, spreading a garment under its feet. The figures on the panel are represented with their eyelids carved. Beneath the donkey lies a branch, and it has been suggested that the branch in this panel may represent a willow branch bearing male catkins. To the right of Christ's head are the remains of what appears to be a tree with two legs in it, which remained when the rest of the figure was broken off with the top of the panel.
The top of the panel is missing and the bottom corners are chipped. Christ's right hand, which was doubtless originally raised in blessing, is missing. The alabaster shows iron staining in the middle and bottom of the panel. No paint remains on the panel. The back of the panel bears a ridge where two saw cuts appear to have met. The ridge goes vertically from top to bottom. There are two holes filled with lead. The bottom has been slightly cut away.
Place of Origin
15th century (made)
Materials and Techniques
Height: 35.8 cm, Width: 27.9 cm
Object history note
Acquired by Dr W. L. Hildburgh in Paris. On loan from him since 1923. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.
Alabaster panel depicting the Entry into Jerusalem. English, 15th century.
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 220 (cat. 147), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0
Donkey; Book; Halo; Veil; Cross; Tunic; Tree
Christianity; Religion; Sculpture