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Paleochristian sarcophagus

  • Paleochristian sarcophagus. Jaén Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Paleochristian sarcophagus. Jaén Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura



Rites, worship and beliefs


330-337 AD

Cultural background


Original title

Sarcófago paleocristiano
Jaen Museum
Jaén, Andalusia

A sarcophagus made in a Rome workshop with seven niches in a column

It is decorated with passages from the Old and New Testaments. It shows a scene with the Jews in the furnace in Babylon and one of the life of Jonah (not very well preserved). In the box, from left to right, the following scenes from the life of Christ are depicted in the niches: the resurrection of the son of the widow of Naim, the healing of the blind man, the healing of the woman with haemorrhage, Peter's denial, the miracle of the healing of the paralytic, the miracle of the bread and the fish, and the miracle of the wedding at Cana in Galilee.

Details of the work

Molino del Rey, El Llanete, Martos (Jaén)


Box: Height = 0,61 m; Length = 2,14 m; Width = 0,66 m. Lid: Height = 0,10 m; Length = 2,14 m; Width = 0,66 m


Fine-grained white marble and blue streaks


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