Table Base with Jonah Swallowed and Cast Up by the Big Fish, Marble, white, Roman

Table Base with Jonah Swallowed and Cast Up by the Big Fish

early 300s
Made in Asia Minor
Marble, white
Overall: 19 1/2 x 24 x 13 1/4 in. (49.5 x 61 x 33.7 cm)
Base: 9 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (24.4 x 26 cm)
weight: 181lb. (82.1kg)
Credit Line:
Gift of John Todd Edgar, 1877
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
The sculpture portrays two key episodes from the biblical story of Johan in succession: first, he is thrown overboard during a great storm at sea and swallowed by a great fish; then, after three days, Jonah is saved when the fish vomits. A testament to the power of faith, the Jonah story was embraced by Christians as foretelling the story of Jesus' resurrection from the dead after three days.
Found in 1876, at Tarsos (now Tarsus, southern Turkey); John Todd Edgar, US Consul at Beirut, Nashville (until 1877)
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