The Suffering Christ

You may be familiar with the Pieta — statues of Mary holding the body of Christ — or the statues of the Virgin Mary with swords piercing her heart (which I believe is a traditional Polish representation).  Lithuania has its own unique religious statue — the Suffering Christ.  In these carved wooden statues, Christ is shown seated with his head held in one hand.  I’m not sure of the origins of this traditional Lithuanian folk art representation of Christ, but it seems an appropriate image for Good Friday.


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