Breastplate

The Scriptures have many allusions to garments. Exodus describes Aaron's priestly garments in elaborate detail. One translation reads that they were "for beauty and for glory". He wore a breastplate inset with twelve stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. In this piece, not only are the names inscribed in the Hebrew, but the Genesis text which tells of Jacob blessing his twelve sons is written into the individual collagraphs attached to the background paper.

The breastplate was worn as Aaron entered the Holy of Hollies, symbolically carrying the nation of Israel into the presence of God. For Christians it is also a symbol of Christ, our High Priest, who ushers us into the presence of God.

Collagraph assemblage

1983

30" x 22" Image

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