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The Entry into Jerusalem

Object Details


The Entry into Jerusalem






Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany (Place Created)


about 1030 - 1040


Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig VII 1 (83.MI.90), fol. 36


Leaf: 23.2 × 16 cm (9 1/8 × 6 5/16 in.)

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Object Description

Accompanied by his apostles and hailed by a man perched in the branches of a tree beside the road, Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem upon an ass, an event commemorated on Palm Sunday. This depiction recalls the Roman emperor's Adventus, or ceremonial entry into a city, which could include citizens throwing their cloaks onto the ground before him. John the Evangelist interpreted the event as the realization of the Old Testament prophet Zechariah's claim: "Behold, your king is coming, sitting on an ass's colt." The placement of the figures on a solid field of gold, seemingly floating above the ground line, creates a sense of otherworldliness and emphasizes the sacred nature of the event.

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