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Alabaster panel carved in high relief depicting the Flagellation of Christ. In the centre is a column painted to represent marble. Christ is attached to it by a double rope around his forearms. The end of this rope is held tight by a tormentor to his left. Behind and above Christ stand three tormentors each holding whips with thick handles. A fourth whip lies on the ground. The faces of the tormentors are painted to give them a dark, swarthy appearance, while the face of Christ is pure white with red lips and golden hair and beard. The tormentors wear different coloured shoes on each foot, while Christ is barefoot.
- Production date
Height: 430 millimetres
Weight: 5.80 kilograms
Width: 272 millimetres
Depth: 40 millimetres (Approx.)
- Curator's comments
- Blurton 1997
The excellent survival of the original colour on this albaster carving of the Flagellation of Christ makes it especially remarkable.
In contrast to the wickedness and hatred of his tormentors, Christ's hand is raised to bless and forgive them, a gesture that is paralleled on other flagellation scenes, notably in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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