This ivory carving was made ca. 420 AD. It now rests in the British museum in London.
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From left to right, the carving depicts Judas hanging from a tree. It then has a man and a woman staring at Jesus who is displayed on the cross. Next to the cross is a soldier who has just finished nailing Jesus’s left and to the cross.
This ivory carving is very significant. It was the first piece of art to show Jesus as a painless superhuman. Jesus is not hanging on the cross, but he seems to be floating on it. He is displayed as a divine being who has conquered death.
I like how Jesus contrasts with Judas. Judas is hanging from an obviously broken neck, and Jesus seems to float in the air.
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