'The Entry into Jerusalem and Christ in the House of Simon', ivory

'The Entry into Jerusalem and Christ in the House of Simon', ivory

'The Entry into Jerusalem and Christ in the House of Simon'
Ivory
France (Metz)
About 900
Elephant ivory
Probably from a book cover
Museum no. 257-1867

The upper half depicts the scene when Christ rode into Jerusalem on an ass. He arrived on the Sunday before Good Friday and was welcomed by the citizens with palm branches. In the lower half St Mary Magdalene is shown anointing Christ's feet as he sits with his apostles for a meal in the house of Simon.