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Dominus Saltat

2 July, 2013

This 12th Century plaque looks more like a groovy dance party than a Biblical scene between Jesus and Mary Magdalen. Despite his Saturday Night Fever pose, Jesus is in fact repulsing Mary Magdalen with the words “Noli me tangere [Do not touch me] for I have not yet ascended to the Father.” (John 20:11-17).

Thank goodness for those helpful captions on museum walls!


Plaque from a Reliquary Shrine
Spanish, ca. 1115-20
Elephant ivory with traces of gilding
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    2 July, 2013 4:23 pm

    It is so good to hear from the Diligent Observer!  She is moving about New York now, I believe.

    Charlotte Lancaster

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