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St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist as Depicted in Cameo Jewelry

By: Preston Reuther

                                 

John the Baptist and the Lamb of God is depicted in rare cameo jewelry. John the Baptist was first drawn holding a cross with the Lamb of God in the 16th century by artist, Bartolomeo Veneto. The following Bible verse comes to mind when viewing the image:

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.(John 1:29)

Some scenes include snakes that appear to be sprouting from a staff. This could allude to many scriptures. Some say the staff itself is symbolic of the Tree of Life from Genesis and the serpents are reminiscent of Satan tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden.

John the Baptist is also known for referencing serpents in the book of Matthew:

But when John saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he told them, "You children of serpents! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? (Matthew 3:7) 

The beauty and symbolism found in these rare scenes are truly inspired and make the pieces valued treasures for any jewelry collectors.

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    Preston Reuther is a jewelry designer  who has been collecting, buying and selling cameos for over 20 years. He has written several e-books and produced over 50 jewelry videos,  and published over 1000 articles on the jewelry making process.Visit his cameo jewelry collection  at http:www.cameojewelry.com or Email him  at preston@cameojewelry.com     ********************************************************************



 

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