The Sarcophagus of Marcus Claudianus: Detail of lid, The woman with the flow of blood

This is the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment hoping that it would cure her flow of blood. The gospels say only that she touched the hem of Jesus' cloak, but the sarcophagi unanimously picture her kneeling down to do so. Some of the sarcophagi also have a disciple speaking to Jesus, but they will include no other figures.

As usual in the sarcophagi, Jesus is pictured as a young person with no beard. The scroll in his hand is a symbol of his authority. The diminutive size of the supplicant is traditional in images of his cures.

The episode is recounted in Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-29, and Luke 8:43-44.

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Photographed at the Palazzo Massimo by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.