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Image of Christ in the Garden

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Christ in the Garden

ca. 1825
19th c
9 1/4 in. x 7 in. x 5 1/4 in. (23.5 cm x 17.78 cm x 13.34 cm)

Staffordshire, England, English, b. mid 17th Century

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: Europe, England, Staffordshire
Medium and Support: Earthenware with enamel decoration
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
Accession Number: 2005.109

Christ's visit to the Garden of Gethsemane represents one of the most profoundly moving passages in the New Testament of the Bible - the moment when Jesus recognizes he is alone, he has been betrayed, and he will soon die: "Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane and he said to his disciples, 'Sit here while I go yonder and pray." And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zeb'edee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. He said to them, 'My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here and watch with me.' He then went a little farther, fell on his face and prayed, 'My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

This image - complete with figure holding a cup of wine, a symbol of the body and blood of Christ - captures some of the torment of that moment in the Garden of Gethsemane.

2003 - 2004: "Clay Bodies: Staffordshire Figurative Ceramics from the Collection of Dr. & Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld," October 4, 2003 - April 4, 2004, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

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Representational Earthenware sculpture

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  • H: 9 1/4; W: 7; D: 5 1/4 inches Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 7 x 5 1/4 in. (23.5 x 17.78 x 13.34 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Dornfeld
    Role: collectors
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 2005

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