Sponge, Spear and Dice

This stained glass panel shows various items linked to Christ's suffering before and during the Crucifixion.

While he was still on the cross, the soldiers shared out Christ's clothes and threw dice (right) for his tunic. They soaked a sponge (left) in sour wine and offered it to him to drink. Then, after his death, they pierced his side with a spear (right). Blood and water flowed from the wound, and later they came to symbolise the washing away of sin.

  • Stained glass panel showing Christ with the sponge, spear and dice
  • Switzerland, probably about 1650
  • Museum no. C.240-1934
The soldiers, having crucified Jesus, took possession of his clothes, and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier, leaving out the tunic. The tunic was seamless, woven in one piece throughout; so they said to one another, We must not tear this; let us toss for it.
John 19:23-24