Table Base with Jonah Swallowed and Cast Up by the Big Fish

Date: early 300s

Geography: Made in Asia Minor

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble, white

Dimensions: Overall: 19 1/2 x 24 x 13 1/4 in. (49.5 x 61 x 33.7 cm)
Base: 9 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (24.4 x 26 cm)
weight: 181lb. (82.1kg)

Classification: Sculpture-Stone

Credit Line: Gift of John Todd Edgar, 1877

Accession Number: 77.7


The sculpture portrays two key episodes from the biblical story of Johan in succession: first, he is thrown overboard during a great storm at sea and swallowed by a great fish; then, after three days, Jonah is saved when the fish vomits. A testament to the power of faith, the Jonah story was embraced by Christians as foretelling the story of Jesus' resurrection from the dead after three days.