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Author Topic: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment  (Read 220 times)

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The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« on: November 03, 2022, 06:10:45 pm »
Many years ago I acquired a fragment of Roman North African redware from the 4th century AD. Part of the moulded design featured a sheep. I've recently come across a similar bowl that allows me to postulate what the full design is.

On a dish recently offered for sale the design has been shown to be the raising of Lazarus, the sheep and the foot of the right hand character being visible on the fragment.

Lazarus is shown as a figure wrapped in a shroud within a pedestal tomb and Jesus is depicted as the Good Shepherd carrying a staff and herding a ram. To the other side is a bearded figure with his hand raised in praise.

Early depictions of Jesus are not common though the story of the raising of Lazarus was popular in Roman funerary art, most notably on the wall frescoes in the catacombs in Rome due to the obvious importance of the message of resurrection.

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Re: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2022, 06:40:48 pm »
I love it! I think you’re right too.

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Re: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2022, 06:51:58 pm »
Fantastic piece

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Re: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2022, 07:53:18 pm »
Just WOW ! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2022, 04:24:08 am »
Very interesting!

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Re: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2022, 11:13:17 pm »
Good eyes for that.

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Re: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2022, 05:13:08 pm »
Great guess! I think your attribution is likely correct.
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Re: The raising of Lazarus on a Roman redware fragment
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2022, 07:35:04 am »
Very nice, though I think that the dating of plates such as this actually ranges from the 4th to 6th centuries.

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