Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christ Seated, Civita Latina

It was extremely rare to find stand-alone statues of Christ during the time of the Romans. This statue is a major exception to the general rule. Though small in size, it's a big discovery. Jesus is presented as young and unbearded, similar to his depiction on Janius' sarcophagus.  He wears the toga and sandals that delineated the educated men of Roman society and holds an unopened scroll in his left hand. What the purpose of this statue was, no one knows, but it is valued as one of the few individual remaining sculptures of Christ from such an early period. 

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