Christ steps from the tomb on to the sleeping body of one of the soldiers guarding the tomb. One of the soldiers clutches, in his sleep, both a curved sword and an axe; another holds an upright sword. The faces of the two soldiers are blackened, to suggest infamy.
The figure of Christ, outsize in proportion to the rest of the composition, adds to the drama of the moment depicted, as do the two angels who accompany the event by playing music energetically on their instruments.
The elongated, thin figure of Christ is characteristic of the Sarum Master’s style. Note how parts of some figures overlap the edges of the decorative frame, suggesting that the subject is bursting from its confines.