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Epitaph with a relief of the Good Shepherd, from the Catacombs of Sousse

Epitaph with a relief of the Good Shepherd, from the Catacombs of Sousse


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Epitaph with a relief of the Good Shepherd, from the Catacombs of Sousse

XIR208534 Epitaph with a relief of the Good Shepherd, from the Catacombs of Sousse, 3rd-4th century (marble) by Paleo-Christian; Musee National de Carthage, Carthage, Tunisia; out of copyright

Media ID 22381434

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C03rd C04th Early Christian Funerary North African Tunisian


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This print showcases an ancient epitaph with a relief of the Good Shepherd, discovered in the Catacombs of Sousse. Dating back to the 3rd-4th century, this marble masterpiece is a testament to early Christian art and its significance in North African culture. The image depicts a male figure, believed to be Tunisian, standing as the embodiment of the Good Shepherd. With his arms outstretched and surrounded by sheep, he exudes compassion and protection. The intricate details carved into the marble bring this scene to life, capturing both the physicality and spirituality of this iconic biblical symbol. Found within a funerary context, this epitaph serves as a poignant reminder of faith's role in times of loss and grief. It speaks volumes about how early Christians sought solace in their belief that Christ was their shepherd guiding them through life's trials. Preserved at Musee National de Carthage in Carthage, Tunisia, this relic offers us a glimpse into history while also highlighting the rich cultural heritage of North Africa. Its timeless beauty transcends time and place; it stands as a powerful representation not only for those who lived during that era but also for contemporary viewers seeking inspiration from ancient Christian traditions. With its profound symbolism and exquisite craftsmanship, this print invites us to reflect on our own spiritual journeys while paying homage to centuries-old traditions that continue to shape our world today.

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