Sarcophagus of Drausin.
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Title:Sarcophagus of Drausin

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," provided symbolism for the early church as appears on this 3rd-4th century sarcophagus now in the Louvre in Paris. The monogram of Christ stands at the center, with the alpha to the left and the omega to the right. Surrounding it are the vines and branches, furthering the message of life in Christ. Fittingly, the stone burial container is decorated with a strong theological statement of life beginning with faith in Christ and ending with eternal life through him.

Date:Third-fourth century
Building:Musée du Louvre

Scripture:Revelation 1:4-8
Lectionary links:BRegn
General Subject:Alpha and omega

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Record Number:49988 Last Updated: 2020-05-09 16:15:20 Record Created: 2007-02-21 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition