Doors

Doors

Purchased from Giovanni Franchi in 1874 for £380

Original:

Doors
Sculptor unknown
Set up in 1015
Bronze
Originally in St Michael's Church, Hildesheim, later removed to the Cathedral, Hildesheim, Germany

The doors are decorated with (on the left, top to bottom) representations of the Creation of Eve, the Presentation of Eve to Adam, the Temptation, the Fall, the Expulsion, the Labours of Adam and Eve, the Sacrifice of Abel and Cain, the Murder of Abel, (on the right, top to bottom) the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Presentation to Simeon, Christ before Pilate, the crucifixion, the Maries at the Sepulchre, and Christ appearing to St Mary Magdalen. The doors were made at the order of St Bernward, Bishop of Hildesheim (993-1022) and set up by him in 1015 in St Michael's Church, Hildesheim. His successor, St Godehard, removed them to the Cathedral.