A large early 19th century painted silkwork picture of 'The Good Samaritan'
A very large early 19th century painted and silkwork picture depicting The Good Samaritan retaining it's original gilt frame. The image is rendered in a mixture of silkwork and hand painted decoration and depicts the injured traveller on the roadside being aided by the Samaritan while the Levite and the Priest are seen in the distance. This parable is told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.
A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he travelled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.' Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?"
This work is vastly bigger than 19th century silkwork pictures of this type which are normally a fraction of this size, the actual image size not including the frame is 103cm wide, 77cm high. The measurements listed to the right include the frame.