Jonah Praying

Jonah Praying

AD 280-90


Overall: 47.5 x 14.8 x 20.3 cm (18 11/16 x 5 13/16 x 8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1965.240


The Old Testament prophet Jonah is shown with his hands raised in prayer. It is unclear which moment of the biblical story of Jonah is depicted here. He may be praying in the belly of the sea monster. He might likewise be pleading with the Lord for the city of Nineveh’s destruction or lamenting the withering of the gourd beneath which he sought shelter after fleeing Nineveh.

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Medieval Art
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