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Detail of the Ottonian Soldiers on the bottom of the left leaf of an
Ivory Diptych in the Cathedral Treasury, Milan. 9th-10th Centuries.
the Roman guard at the Tomb (two-story rotunda)
Milan diptych of the 9th-10th Centuries.
1st leaf: The washing of the feet /Christ led away as Pilate washes his hands /Judas returns the money and Judas hanging / the Roman guard at the Tomb (a two-story rotunda).
2nd leaf: a fleeing soldier as the angel tells the myrrh-bearers about the resurrection / the resurrection of Christ to the two Marys / the appearance to the eleven apostles / the assurance of Thomas.
Referenced by Carolingian Arms and Armor in the Ninth Century By Simon Coupland
Most of these features can be observed on the helmets in the Stuttgart Psalter, although the neckguard is less pronounced,
and the band displaced from the center of the forehead.48
The same helmet type is also portrayed in the Bible of San Paolo fuori le Mura,49
and in several of the decorated Bibles from the Tours scriptorium.50
Similar helmets can also be seen in the Utrecht Psalter51
and the Bern Psychomachia,52
and on ivories such as a worn tablet now in the Louvre53 and a diptych in Milan.54
Back to Ottonian Soldiers on the Ivory Diptych in the Cathedral Treasury, Milan, Italy, 9th-10th Centuries.
See also Soldiers at the Sepulchre, Basilewsky Situla, Ottonian Milan, Italy, c.980AD, Victoria and Albert Museum A.18-1933,
Soldiers at the Sepulchre on an Ivory Plaque, early 10th century, Milan, Italy. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1993.19
and Ivory Book-Cover of Women and Soldiers at the Sepulcre, St. Gallen, 10th century, Victoria and Albert Museum
Carolingian Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers