On One of the Lead Codices Images: Philip Davies

Philip Davies writes

I Wonder if anyone thinks these two pictures are related.

The first picture is the one I tentatively suggested as a crucifixion scene:

the other is from Adomnan’s transcription of Arculf’s De Locis Sanctis. (It is reproduced on http://www.christusrex.org/www1/ofm/mad/sources/sources056.html).

It shows the column in front of St Stephen’ Gate (as the ‘Damascus Gate’/’Bab el Amud’ was known in the Byzantine period).

I Wonder how many think that one may have been inspired by the other? I’m not certain myself, but let’s spread the job around a bit. Personally, I’m not too sure, but some of my colleagues think so.

Philip

So what do you think- did the recently discovered lead codex copy from the other or is the other actually a replica of the (putatively) earlier lead codex?

UPDATE: Robert Deutsch sends along images of the materials he mentions in comments.

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6 Responses to On One of the Lead Codices Images: Philip Davies

  1. Jim says:

    David Meadows remarks-

    okay … i’m confused … there’s a Roman arch there. which roman arch would that be???? this might be our donation of constantine moment

    dm

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  2. Robert Deutsch says:

    This one is “inspired” from a city coin of Neapolis. The gate in the middle is inspired from a coin of Constantine the Great

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  3. Joe says:

    Wrong gate Bab el Amud is not St Stephens gate its the Damascus gate. Amud means column in Arabic, dedicatory column to Hadrian was once there. check Madaba map,

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  4. Tom Verenna says:

    That wouldn’t surprise me since most of the iconography and script appears to be lifted from ancient coins.

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  5. Tomasz Sobczyk says:

    Is it possible to paste bigger the first pic? And maybe any tentatively description why should it be a crucifixion scene? If this thing below is a cross, what is that circle upon it?

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