April 11, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #149: The Crucifiction & The Passion

With this being the week of Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, we choose as our FOTW this beautiful hand painted zinnfiguren vignette titled "The Crucifiction". This 54mm set issued in Belgium by the company Glorious Empires. Zinnfiguren is a German term meaning "Tin Figure".  In the US collectors often refer to them as "Flats*"

Another interpretation of the Crucifictionis is featured below and is titled "The Passion" (ref.SG-S14). This 54mm vignette is based on the kit from Andrea Miniatures. 

In Christianity, the Passion (from Late Latin: passionem "suffering, enduring") is the short final period in the life of Jesus covering his entrance visit to Jerusalem and leading to his crucifixion on Mount Calvary, defining the climactic event central to Christian doctrine of Salvation History.

The commemoration begins with the portent grievance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed by his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and includes his institution of the Eucharist at Last Supper, his bleeding and Agony in the Garden followed by his arrest by the Sanhedrin priests and ultimate trial before Pontius Pilate.

*Flats are two-dimensional miniatures, which were cast from slate moulds.Though they exist in different scale, most (95%) of them are 30mm high (eye-level of man on foot) and about 2mm thick. Flats of 19.Century have been smaller (28mm), modern intend to exeed even 31-32 mm size. Other ranges of "scales" are 20 mm, 40mm and there are some larger 54mm to 80mm flats most of them depicting personalities.

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