Initial D: Zacchaeus and Christ

Object Details

Title:

Initial D: Zacchaeus and Christ

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

German

Date:

probably 1170s

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 28.2 x 18.9 cm (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

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Within the curling tendrils of an initial D, Christ extends a scroll to Zacchaeus. According to Saint Luke's gospel, Zacchaeus was a wealthy tax collector who climbed into a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus as he entered Jericho. After meeting Jesus, he donated half his worldly goods to the poor.