Crown of Thorns

The crown of thorns is a symbol of Christ's Crucifixion and suffering.

Before nailing him to the cross, the Roman soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Christ's head. This was to mock him in public as King of the Jews. It was a parody of the crown of laurel leaves that the emperor wore at festivals.

  • Stained glass panel showing Christ crowned with thorns
  • Netherlands, about 1580-1600
  • Museum no. 1255-1855
They dressed him in purple, and plaiting a crown of thorns, placed it on his head. Then they began to salute him with, Hail, King of the Jews!. They beat him about the head with a cane and spat upon him, and then knelt and paid mock homage to him.
Mark 15:17-19.
 
 

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