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EMPTY TOMB TRADITION. Dated to 420–430 C.E., the Maskell Casket contains the earliest representations of the Passion narrative—detailing scenes of Jesus’s suffering and death and scenes after his resurrection—in four carved ivory panels. This scene depicts the Empty Tomb Tradition with female disciples, who visit the tomb of Jesus early on Easter morning. Upon arrival, they find the tomb’s stone removed, the tomb empty, and the guards like dead men. This provides an indirect depiction of Jesus’s resurrection, as described in the New Testament, but it does not depict the actual Easter moment itself. The Maskell Casket panels are currently on display at the British Museum in London.