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Relief - Christ's entry into Jerusalem

Christ's entry into Jerusalem

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (southern, made)

  • Date:

    1460-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mother of pearl

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr T. Whitcombe Green

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 2, shelf 2

Mother-of-pearl, jet coral and amber were selected by craftsmen for their beauty, durability and rarity. These materials often occurred in a particular geographical region. Coral for example was prevalent in Sicily and amber along the Baltic coast. Many of the religious items were portable, as were the small portraits. They were often made locally and then taken elsewhere. Pilgrims from all over Europe bought the jet images made in Santiago de Compostela.

Physical description

Christ rides upon the ass over a paved street towards the castellated gate of Jerusalem, in the background a spire. The Apostles follow him. The scene is framed on either side by columns supporting a flat ogival arch with cusps. Above are pinnacles. The relief is slightly convex and has a pierced background, and with its companion relief A.51-1929 would probably have formed part of a small altar.

Place of Origin

Germany (southern, made)


1460-1500 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Mother of pearl


Height: 5 cm, Width: 4 cm

Descriptive line

Christ's Entry into Jerusalem, Mother of pearl, South German, late 15th century, ca. 1460-1500

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Pazaurek, G. E. Perlmutter. Berlin, 1937. pl. XI.
Smith, G. Reflections of a pattern print by Master E. S.: passion cycles in mother-of-pearl. Pantheon. 26, 1968. pp. 430-439.
Jopek, N. Der Kardinal: Albrecht von Brandenburg, Renaissancefürst und Mäzen. Kunstchronik. vol. 61. May 2008. p. 215.
Cf. Schenkluhn, W. Nachantike kleinplastische Bildwerke / Liebieghaus, Museum Alter Plastik. Melsungen, 1987. cat. no. 98.
Cf. Bange, E. F. ed. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums. Zweitter Band. Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in Anderen Metallen. Berlin and Leipzig, 1923. no. 1522.
Cf. Königliche Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. 4. Die deutschen Bildwerke und die der anderen cisalpinen Länder. Berlin : Reimer, 1910. no. 938.

Production Note

Perhaps based on a composition by the 15th century German engraver known as the Master E.S.


Mother of pearl

Subjects depicted





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