- Museum number
- Object: The Entry into Jerusalem (‘Vkhod vo Ierusalem’).
Icon; painted; in the centre, against a rocky background, Christ rides to right on a white ass. He turns back to look at the disciples following him and simultaneously blesses the people of Jerusalem who are waiting to meet him before the city gates. Beneath the ass' feet is a rocky path strewn with red clothes; behind the mountain is a large palm tree in which a child sits picking palm branches with which to salute Christ's coming.
Inscriptions: in gold in Church Slavonic on the upper border: ОБРАЗ ВХОД ВО ИЕРУСАЛИМ ГОСПОДА НАШЕГО ИИСУСА ХРИСТА (Image Entry into Jerusalem of Our Lord Jesus Christ); in Greek in the cross arms of Christ's nimbus: O WN (He Who Is).
Egg tempera, gesso on wood.
- Production date
Height: 42.50 centimetres
Thickness: 3.50 centimetres
Width: 34.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Christ together with his disciples entered Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The Entry marks the beginning of Christ’s Passion. One of the Twelve Great Feasts, it is celebrated on Palm Sunday. The iconography of the scene reflects the story told by the Evangelists: ‘Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass’ (Matthew 21:5). Its iconography was formed as early as the 4th century and it seems to have been influenced by the conventions of the imperial ‘adventus’. In Russian art its iconography scarcely deviates from the Byzantine prototype, although examples in which Christ is depicted turning back to the disciples reflect a late 14th-century iconographic development (see Brusova 1995), which once adopted, continues up to the present day.
Cormack 2007, 126, no. 56
- Not on display
- Made from a single panel with ‘kovcheg’; there are two inserted battens on the reverse and small losses of gesso along the edges of the icon.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- See 1998,0605.1 Most of the items catalogued under 1998,0605 were acquired by Sir Frank Roberts’ wife, Cella.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: IC 56 (Icon Collection number)