by Billy Roper
This item in the British Museum is the earliest known narrative portrayal of the Crucifixion. It is a panel from an ivory casket from around 400 AD.
From the item description
Casket; one of four panels; ivory, carved in relief with the Death of Judas and the Crucifixion: to the left, Judas hangs from tree; below him the purse from which fall pieces of silver; to the right Christ is nailed by the hands only to the cross, his feet unsupported, at the back of his head an engraved nimbus; above his head a titulus with inscription; to the right a soldier (Longinus) in the act of piercing Christ’s side with a spear; on the left stand the Virgin and St John.
Many people do not understand that Jesus, the son of God in human form whose sacrificial crucifixion for our sins we celebrate on Good Friday, was not…
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