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Walters Ms. W.839, Single leaf with Christ's entombment and resurrection
Single leaf with Christ's entombment and resurrection
This fragmentary leaf once belonged to an Ethiopian Gospel book from the Lake Tana region. Dating from the late fourteenth century, the leaf contains two images from a prefatory cycle depicting the Passion of Christ, which would have preceded the Gospels. On the recto, a shrouded Christ is carried to the tomb by Joseph and Nicodemus. The verso depicts the resurrected Christ, accompanied by the Archangel Michael, appearing before Mary Magdalene, St. John, and St. Peter. Intact Gospel books with comparable image cycles, such as that at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1998.66), and the J. Pierpont Morgan Library, Ms. M828, demonstrate that these two images likely fell between depictions of the Crucifixion and the Ascension.
Late 14th century CE
Lake Tana, Ethiopia
The primary language in this manuscript is Geez.
Heavy darkened, partially fragmentary parchment
Foliation: Not applicable
27.0 cm wide by 38.8 cm high
- Image: 22.2 cm wide x 28.2 cm high
- Title: Fragmentary leaf
- Decoration note: Two full-page miniatures painted in orange, yellow, green, black, blue, and salmon tempera, now badly abraded; decorative headpiece; orange border
- Title: Burial of Christ by Joseph and Nicodemus
- Form: Full-page miniature
The inscription on the image reads: "በ/ዘከመ፡ ገነዝዎ፡ ዮሴፍ፡ ወኒቆዲሞስ፡ (bä/zä-kämä gänäzǝwwo yosef wä-niqodimos)," or "How Joseph and Nicodemus shrouded him." (Jn 19:38-40)
Originally created as part of a Gospel book's prefatory cycle, Lake Tana, Ethiopia, late fourteenth century
Joseph and Margaret Knopfelmacher collection, New York, before 1996
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Knopfelmacher, 1996
Holbert, Kelly, ed. Ethiopian Art: The Walters Art Museum. Baltimore: Trustees of the Walters Art Gallery, 2001, pp. 98-99, cat. no. 11.
Mann, C. Griffith. "A Devotional Ethiopian Icon Acquired in Honor of the Director (36.16)." Journal of the Walters Art Museum 62 (2004): 191-193, p. 192, fig. 2.
Principal cataloger: Getatchew Haile, .
Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley
Editor: Herbert, Lynley
Conservators: Owen, Linda; Quandt, Abigail
Contributors: Bockrath, Diane; Emery, Doug; Isaac, Ephraim; Noel, William; Tabritha, Ariel; Toth, Michael B.
The Walters Art Museum
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