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The Descent into Limbo
Nicaea Turkey Nicomedia (or) Turkey (Place created)
early 13th century - late 13th century
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
Leaf: 20.6 x 14.9 cm (8 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
After his Crucifixion and before his Resurrection, Christ freed worthy Bible figures from limbo (an event known as the Anastasis in Greek). Here Christ pulls Adam by the wrist out of the tomb and toward the Kingdom of Heaven, while Abel, Eve, John the Baptist, King Solomon, and King David await their salvation. The two kings are dressed in the jeweled crowns and embroidered cloaks of Byzantine emperors.