A rare artifact attributed and verified as stamped coinage during the reign of the man who gave the order to crucify Jesus Christ is part of a work of art that will be on display in Abbotsford from September 24.
The work of Canadian artist Catherine Adamson is entitled The Crucifixion: The shekel of Ponce Pilate. It will be on display in the Metzger Collection on the Columbia Bible College campus (2940 Clearbrook Rd.) From September 24 to November 30.
The piece is the first work in a larger collection titled Authentic: A Study in Evil. A collaborative effort, the commissioned collection focuses on leaders who, in order to satisfy their own egos and / or ideology, have used their power to suppress both people and nature.
Canadian author Robert Joseph Green, a collaborator on the project, said that it is rare for Pilate – a Roman governor under the Emperor of Tiberius in the first century – to be seen as an evil dictator, but for those over 2.1 billions of Christians around the world, the title rings true.
Pilate is known as the judge of the trial of Jesus who ordered his crucifixion in Judea.
“There is enough evidence outside of biblical scriptures to prove that he was an evil dictator whom the Roman Senate had to recall for his terrible abuse of power,” Greene said.
He stated that two Jewish historians – Philo (20 BC-50 AD) and Josephus (37 to 100 AD)
Adamson wanted to present a more authentic approach to the act of crucifixion and from research he found that olive wood was used to make crucifixion crosses.
Because the bodies were left to rot to deter others, there has only been one archaeological find of a crucified victim named Jehohanan (Yehohanan). Fragments of olive wood were found at the foot of his corpse.
“When the offer came to present The Crucifixion, we were thrilled with the perspective and its natural connection to the collection,” said Greg Thiessen, Director of the Metzger Collection. “How many times can someone see a 2,000-year-old piece of Judea during the time of Jesus Christ, let alone see it integrated into a stunning work of art?”
The artwork is valued at over $ 30,000 Canadian. Metzgers hopes a private donation will take place to enable them to purchase the artwork and make it a permanent part of their collection.
The exhibition is accessible to the public by appointment only. Call 604-853-3567 (ext. 539) or email [email protected]
Crucifixion Facts: The Century of Pontius Pilate by Catherine Adamson
• Prior to 1961, the embossing of the coin was the only evidence of Pontius Pilate’s existence. In 1961 a cornerstone of a theater was discovered with Pilate’s name on it.
• The Bible verse in the table was chosen because it is the only verse in the 50 versions of the Christian Bible.
• Olive wood from an olive tree was used in painting because it was discovered to be the wood used for the crucifixion. The Romans practiced the crucifixion – literally, “fixed on a cross” – for nearly a millennium.
• Catherine Adamson used her own blood to represent the blood of Christ in the work of art.
• Adamson created his own shade and paint called “Child of Christ Red,” which sells for $ 5,000 per gram.
• 24k gold leaf gilding is used to intertwine with red accents to signify the material goods of mortals intertwined with the blood of Christ to signify man’s original sins on earth (and lack of earthly possessions). It means that Jesus is dying for the sins of mankind.
• This is not typical Adamson work. It was commissioned by Canadian author Robert Joseph Greene for his museum project.
• Other dictators in the “Authentic: A Study in Evil” exhibit are Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin, Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and George W. Bush.
• The original exhibit featured seven works of art by Adamson with essays by Greene.
• Greene did two essays on The Crucifixion: The Shekel of Pontius Pilate. One draws Biblical references from Pilate and the other is unbiblical and refers to historians of that time.
• The coin is actually a prutah which means “low value” in Hebrew. Ten prutot (plural of prutah) would buy a loaf of bread.