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King Jehoiakim cutting the book of Prophecies

Panel
16th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This panel was originally in a religious setting, such as a church or monastic institution. It shows King Jehoiakim cutting up the manuscript of the prophecies of the prophet Jeremiah. Jehoiakim was the vassal king of Judah. When Baruch, scribe and servant to the prophet Jeremiah, read him some of his master’s prophecies, the king was so enraged he cut the manuscript with a knife and threw it on the fire. Here the fire takes the form of the portable wheeled brazier at the king’s feet.

The prophet Jeremiah can be seen peering through the bars of his prison.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Stained glass
Brief description
Stained glass panel depicting King Jehoiakim cutting the book of Prophecies. German, 16th century.

STG
Physical description
Stained glass panel depicting King Jehoiakim cutting the book of Prophecies, with a knife; Jehudi by his side. The garter worn by the figure standing next to Jehoiakim is inscribed 'NOLIT'. In the background Jeremiah and Baruch. Red, blue, purple, green and pale blue glass. Grisaille. Yellow stain.
Dimensions
  • Height: 28.125in
  • Width: 19.25in
  • Wood frame weight: 4.6kg
Taken from Stained Glass Handlist.
Marks and inscriptions
NOLIT (On garter worn by figure next to Jehoiakim.)
Credit line
Given by E. E. Cook
Subjects depicted
Literary referenceOld Testament. Book of Jeremiah. Chapter 36, verse 23.
Summary
This panel was originally in a religious setting, such as a church or monastic institution. It shows King Jehoiakim cutting up the manuscript of the prophecies of the prophet Jeremiah. Jehoiakim was the vassal king of Judah. When Baruch, scribe and servant to the prophet Jeremiah, read him some of his master’s prophecies, the king was so enraged he cut the manuscript with a knife and threw it on the fire. Here the fire takes the form of the portable wheeled brazier at the king’s feet.



The prophet Jeremiah can be seen peering through the bars of his prison.
Collection
Accession number
C.250-1928

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Record createdMay 24, 2002
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