Wienhausen, Christ prepared for burial (devotional image)
ID
 
346
 
Original Country
 
Germany
 
Region
 
Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)
 
Creator
 
nuns of Wienhausen
 
Sorting Title
 
Wienhausen, Christ prepared for burial (devotional image)
 
Subject
 

This small devotional image depicts Christ prepared for burial in the form of a medallion. Text surrounds the image. One female figure in the foreground embraces the body of Christ, while two others stand in the background. Two male figures wearing hats, perhaps indicating their Jewish faith, surround the figure.

 
Creation Date
 
circa 1330
 
Century
 
14th
 
Format Medium
 

pergament; illumination on pergament

 
Original Location
 

Wienhausen

 
Historical Context
 

This is one of the many small devotional images discovered under the floor boards of the nuns' choir in 1953.

 
Descriptive Notes
 

This image, likely produced by a nun of Wienhausen, may recall the convent's almost life-size effigy of Christ prepared for burial. The imagery suggests the close, emotional bond between Christ and Mary, who is portrayed embracing the body in the foreground. The iconography for this image may also have stemmed from the paintings in the nuns' choir, such as Wienhausen, Nun's choir (details of Christ's crucifixion), Wienhausen, Nuns' choir detail of Christ prepared for burial. This image may also reflect the community's observation of the liturgical drama of the deposition of Christ's body on black Friday. See Kloster Wienhausen: Der Fund vom Nonnenchor The hymn surrounding the image reads "O sepulcrum nobile rutilans decore Gemmam tenens celicam vernans in amore Redde thezaurum nobilem ... cernamus in Gloria"

 
Current Repository
 

Wienhausen

 
Photo Credit
 
Kloster Wienhausen
 
Statement
 

Abbess Renate von Randow; Wolfgang Brandis

 
Image of Wienhausen, Christ prepared for burial (devotional image).