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Christ’s head is bowed; his eyes are closed. Although the uppermost layer of paint, which was applied by W. Batzem in 1904, and several other layers of paint beneath it conceal a number of details, X-rays show that the eyes on the original tenth-century corpus were closed. In other words, the original corpus depicted Christ not as the victor over death, as is the case with almost all earlier crucifixes, but as a human being in the depths of humiliation. This is most likely the result of a shift in Christian dogma in the late tenth century that placed salvation through Christ’s death at the heart of the doctrine of the faith.