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Painting in water based pigment on printed Italian military paper depicting Christ and his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. Christ is shown kneeling before the the Holy Spirit who holds a chalice. Below are three of the disciples, Peter, James and John sleeping.
Verso; Depicts Christ being betrayed by Judas Iscariot. Judas is shown prostrate and in profile.
Framed with a paper mount.
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Height: 42.50 centimetres
Width: 26 centimetres
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Previously part of a book of images used as models for mural paintings. These were made by an Ethiopian priest who was producing paintings and murals in the 1940s.
The painting illustrates Mark chapter 14 "And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?"
Verso; Both Judas Iscariot and the elders who come to arrest Christ are all shown in profile, a convention of Ethiopian painting used to determin the bad, shown in profile from the righteous, shown full face. The figure standing behind Christ wears a shawl (shamma) which is wrapped around his body, exposing one shoulder. In Ehiopian society this indicates servitude or deference to an elder or someone of higher status.
- Not on display
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- "Acquired from a mural painter 1/2 Day's drive from Addis Ababa" from label found with paintings.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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