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John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus and died the year before Christ’s crucifixion. He was a preacher with a large following and this made King Herodias wary of his power. When the opportunity arose, he had John beheaded, ostensibly as a reward to Salome for performing a dance. The panel shows John’s head on a plate, as it was brought to Herodias. John’s death is seen as a premonition of the death of Christ and on this panel, at the bottom, we see Christ emerging from the tomb.
H 27 x W 17 x D 5.2 cm
purchased from Sotheby & Co., 1932