Jesus is condemned to death

This is the first of the seven, four-figured stations: Pilate, Roman Procurator of Judea, and his servant boy, a guard, Jewish it seems, and Jesus himself. Note the fine detail of the rope and the robes, the mocking face of the guard as he leads the bound Jesus away, the child engrossed in his task of holding the bowl for Pilate; and Pilate looking dispassionately, perhaps even pityingly at Jesus as he hands him over to a death that he must know Jesus does not deserve, yet feels powerless to stop. The sculptor has armed his guard with a bunch of vine-cane only, common enough at the time, for disciplining prisoners, slaves and soldiers alike.

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