Description This multi-figure subject of two Roman soldiers tormenting the seated Christ was much more of a challenge to carve from an ivory tusk than the more common choice of the single figure of the tormented Christ, relying on the viewer's imagination to fill in the rest of the scene, as in Christ at the Column (71.356). That challenge may have been the point. The combination of elongated bodies, harsh, realistic details, such as the strained faces or flapping skirts of the soldier's armor, and the raw, awkward energy of the piece point directly to the work of the little-known Jacobius Agnesius, probably German, whose work bears comparison with that of the Master of the Furies (German or Austrian).
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions LONG FRENCH INSCRIPTION (where? on a paper label?)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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