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On display at V&A South Kensington
Sacred Silver & Stained Glass, Room 84, The Whiteley Galleries

Entry into Jerusalem

Panel
ca. 1375 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This stained-glass panel comes from a window that showed Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. It shows the crowd waving palm branches, shouting ‘Hosanna’ and laying a garment on the ground for Christ to pass over. Originally, the panel came from the choir windows in Erfurt Cathedral in the eastern part of Germany.

The Entry into Jerusalem is seen as the beginning of the Christian Holy Week leading up to Easter. The day is known as ‘Palm Sunday’, in reference to the palms that the people waved as Christ rode through the gate of the city on a donkey.

The custom of commemorating the event with palms and processions does not appear in liturgical texts before about the 8th century. However, we do have a pilgrim’s account dating from the late 4th century that records the ceremonies celebrated in Jerusalem during Holy Week. It refers to a procession with palms that re-enacted Christ’s triumphal entry.
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object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Clear and coloured glass with painted details
Brief Description
Stained glass panel depicting part of the Entry into Jerusalem. Originally from Erfurt Cathedral in eastern Germany, c.1375.
Physical Description
Panel of clear and coloured glass with painted details. The man on the left of the panel is wearing a short red tunic with a maroon hood (the hood down). He is wearing light coloured tights with built-in leather soles and stuffing at the tip to form long-pointed shoes.

He is in the act of spreading a yellow garment with sleeves on the ground. To his right is another man, wearing a short maroon tunic with yellow tights with built-in shoes. Over this he wears a long blue gown with a hood covering his head. In his right hand he lifts up a yellow palm. Behind the figures is a diaper pattern of green scrolling foliage.
Dimensions
  • Framed height: 71.0cm
  • Framed width: 52.5cm
  • Framed depth: 1.9cm
  • Framed weight: 4.28kg
  • Sight height: 63.3cm
  • Sight width: 44.8cm
Gallery Label
PART OF THE ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM This panel once formed part of the scene of Christ's Entry into Jerusalem in a large window dedicated to the Passion of Christ in the choir of Erfurt Cathedral. The panel now in its place at Erfurt was made in 1899. The V&A panel now lacks the inscription which originally ran below it and the fruit in the top left-hand corner is an insertion. Germany (Thuringia), about 1375 Museum no. C.200-1912((PW) 2004)
Object history
Originally from a window dedicated to the Passion of Christ in the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Erfurt, eastern Germany.



Part of a 'set' of 4 panels (the others being English panels) purchased from the art collector Grosvenor Thomas.
Production
From the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mariendom), Erfurt, Germany.
Subjects depicted
Literary ReferenceNew Testament
Summary
This stained-glass panel comes from a window that showed Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. It shows the crowd waving palm branches, shouting ‘Hosanna’ and laying a garment on the ground for Christ to pass over. Originally, the panel came from the choir windows in Erfurt Cathedral in the eastern part of Germany.



The Entry into Jerusalem is seen as the beginning of the Christian Holy Week leading up to Easter. The day is known as ‘Palm Sunday’, in reference to the palms that the people waved as Christ rode through the gate of the city on a donkey.



The custom of commemorating the event with palms and processions does not appear in liturgical texts before about the 8th century. However, we do have a pilgrim’s account dating from the late 4th century that records the ceremonies celebrated in Jerusalem during Holy Week. It refers to a procession with palms that re-enacted Christ’s triumphal entry.
Bibliographic References
  • Williamson, Paul. Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2003. ISBN 1851774041
  • Matthew 21: 1-11
  • Mark 11: 1-11
  • Luke 19: 29-38
  • Duchesne, Louis, Christian Worship, London, 1923
  • John 12: 12-16
  • Bernard Rackham, 'A Franconian glass panel at South Kensington,' Burlington Magazine, XLVI (April 1925)
  • Hans Wentzel, 'A panel of stained glass from Erfurt Cathedral', Victoria and Albert Museum Bulletin, vol.III (january 1967), pp.96-98
Collection
Accession Number
C.200-1912

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record createdJuly 15, 2002
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