Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (statue)
Original Country
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
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Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (statue)

An image of the Arisen Christ, emerging from his tomb.

Creation Date
circa 1280/90
95.5 x 36 x 34.5 cm (Christ), 37 x 70.5 x 25.5 cm (sarcophagus)
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Historical Context

The original painting of this sculpture remains almost completely in tact. The portrayal of Christ's wounds on this figure are more stylized, indicating an earlier date of creation than the effigy of Christ. This image was one of the most important devotional images within the convent of Wienhausen and may have functioned as a reliquary for the vial of holy blood possessed by this community. See Kloster Wienhausen A door (no longer extant) on the back of Christ opened into a small chamber within the figure for a relic to be stored. The figure was probably created in the later half of the thirteenth century. The original figure would have worn a crown, held a standard, and been flanked on either side by angels, as depicted in a smaller image of the figure. Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (devotional image) The head of the statue shows wear from the use of a crown (or crowns) on the figure. An inventory from 1685 records robes for the figure of Christ and the angels, a silver crown, and 3 different standards. (Hartwieg, 227). Few of the original stones embedded in the nimbus and on the tomb survive; originally the nimbus had 11, the sarcophagus 18. The shield held by the watcher on the left-hand side of the image (on Christ's right) portrays the heraldic shield of the city of L√ľneburg. Originally, all three of the watchers would have born such shields, although Hartwieg does not believe they should be interpreted as donor emblems (Hartwieg, 213). The gold on Christ's nimbus as well as Christ's face were repaired at some point during the medieval period. Some damage from heat indicates the presence of candles burning near the image.

Descriptive Notes

Horst Appuhn believed this statue appeared on the main altar in the nuns' choir, although Babette Hartwieg disputes this claim. It is also possible that this statue was used in the liturgical rites surrounding Easter. Kloster WienhausenDrei gefasste Holzskulpturen vom Ende des 13. Jahrhunderts in Kloster Wienhausen Similarities between this work and the Madonna from Wienhausen (see related works) may indicate that both were created in the same workshop. This figure may have been used in processions.

Current Repository


Photo Credit
Praun Kunstverlag, Munich

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

Image of Wienhausen, Arisen Christ (statue).