RJB: Angel Carrier


A 19th-Century Artists' version of the Ark of the Covenant

Reverend Jerry’s art is naive and beautiful. Below, we see his version of The Ark of the Covenant, which is the vessel that supposedly carried the original stone tablets etched with the Ten Commandments and possibly other sacred objects.

RJB's depiction of The Ark of the Covenant

Transcript: “Ark of the Covenent Length 2 1/2 CM Height = 1 1/2 CM Living Creature. Angel Cubic, 15 19 5/16 Ins”

Apparently, in RJB believed the Ark was used for transporting angels… maybe like a cat carrier. The foil that embellishes the drawing is silver, taken from Maverick cigarette labels. It may represent the presence of the divine.  The size of RJB’s Ark is astonishingly small, but after all, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin or fit inside a box described in centimeters?

Modern cat carrier. Large, but not good for carrying angels.

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Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 3:42 AM  Comments (1)  
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  1. […] that, in addition to its decorative properties, that the silver foil represents divine presence (see this example) and the copper, divine protection (see this example). Much rarer: Some illustrations use a gold […]


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