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Lamenting the Lost

A furrowed brow, slightly open mouth, and hand-cusped face reveal this old man’s grief over the fallen soldiers and sailors. He holds a scroll under his left arm and before the creation of modern books, the Apostles wrote the Bible on papyrus and vellum (animal skin) scrolls. Oak foliage surrounds the seated man. A pagan symbol associated with Zeus, oak became a Christian symbol for endurance in the face of adversity. According to legend, the Romans used oak wood to construct crucifixes for crucifixions.

Lamenting the Lost

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