A work of art featuring a rare artifact attributed and verified as a coin stamped during the reign of the man who gave the order to crucify Jesus Christ can now be seen in Abbotsford until early 2022.
The play, titled The Crucifixion: The Shekel of Pontius Pilate, by Canadian artist Catherine Adamson was originally scheduled to end on November 30.
It is on display in the Metzger Collection on the campus of Columbia Bible College, 2940 Clearbrook Rd.
The Crucifixion was unveiled September 23 by Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun and author/essayist Robert Joseph Greene.
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 ego and/or ideology, used their power to repress both people and nature.
Pilate is known as the trial judge of Jesus who ordered his crucifixion in Judea.
The rare coin set in the artwork was the only archaeological evidence that Pilate existed until 1961, when a cornerstone from a Judean theater was discovered with Pilate’s name on it.
The artwork is on temporary loan to the Metzger Collection, and the museum has reported an increase in visitor traffic since the exhibit opened to the public on September 24.
The Crucifixion is valued at $30,000 and it is hoped that a private donation can take place to make it a permanent part of the Metzger collection.
The collection was the life’s work of the Reverend Frederick Metzger and places biblical history within the larger context of human history, from prehistory to the modern period.
After visiting Israel in 1967, Metzger began collecting museum-quality replica works of art and artifacts, and over the course of nearly half a century, his collection grew to include more than 1,200 pieces.
The collection was donated to Columbia Bible College in 2012 and opened to the public in 2015.
“It’s the only place in the world where you can find all of these pieces under one roof,” says Greg Thiessen, director of the Metzger collection.
“The Crucifixion would be an incredible addition to Reverend Metzger’s legacy as it vividly illustrates the intersection of the Bible with culture and history.”
The exhibition is accessible to the public by appointment only. Call 604-853-3567 (ext. 539), visit metzgercollection.org, or email [email protected]
The collection is closed for holidays from December 24 to January 3.