Sarcophagus of the Chaste Suzanne - Detail of Jesus before Pilate.
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Title:Sarcophagus of the Chaste Suzanne - Detail of Jesus before Pilate
Notes:Found in Alyscamps, Arles. Upper register: Jesus before Pilate (washing hands) and Pilate pondering. The scholar Whitney Taylor Shiner in the chapter, "Gesture and Movement" from her book "Proclaiming the Gospel: First-Century Performance of Mark," offers an insight into this relief carving: "Pondering may be shown by bringing a half-closed fist to the side of one's jaw in a position somewhat similar to that of the statue known as the Thinker." Even in this relatively simplistic carving of early Christianity, we recognize the stance of fist-as-chin-rest as one of active thought, as it lasts to this day in our own gestural expressions. We are able to enter into the action of the figures on this piece of funereal marble, to imagine this part of the passion story as participating in our own faith story. (Shiner, 134)
Building:Musée de l'Arles antique

Scripture:John 18:1-19:42
Person as Subject:Pontius Pilate, 1st century
Lectionary links:AHoly05
General Subject:Passion of Jesus Christ: Jesus before Pilate
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism
ICONCLASS Number:73D323

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Copyright Source:Prof. Robin M. Jensen,
Copyright Permission:Donor must be contacted for permission.
Attribution:Sarcophagus of the Chaste Suzanne - Detail of Jesus before Pilate, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 20, 2024]. Original source: Prof. Robin M. Jensen,
Record Number:42841 Last Updated: 2022-07-07 15:57:25 Record Created: 2005-02-03 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Proclaiming the Gospel: first-century performance of Mark
Author:Shiner, Whitney Taylor
Publisher:Trinity Press International