Christ Riding on the Ass, about 1480

Christ Riding on the Ass, about 1480

Christ Riding on the Ass
Limewood and pine, painted and gilded
Southern Germany
About 1480
Museum no. A.1030-1910
Bequeathed by Captain H B Murray

This popular type of sculpture known as 'Palmesel' or 'Palm Donkey', represented Christ during religious services around Easter. On Palm Sunday, a week before Easter, it was drawn through the streets to commemorate his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.