Beardless, curly-haired Jesus

An interesting portrait of Jesus has emerged from 300 CE under layers of debris. He is beardless with tight curls atop his head. It was painted on a glass plate which has been carefully put back together.

Engraved on a glass plate (called a paten) which dates back to the 4th century A.D., Jesus is depicted beardless and with short, curly hair. He wears what appears to be a philosopher’s toga and is flanked by two equally beardless male characters, thought to be the apostles Peter and Paul. All men have halos over their heads.



Another discovery of a similar depiction was found in Egypt dating to 600 AD. Spanish archaeologists have discovered what may be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus in an ancient Egyptian tomb.

Painted on the walls of a mysterious underground stone structure in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus, about 100 miles south of Cairo, the image shows a young man with curly hair and dressed in a short tunic.

Oxyrhynchus is known for the worship of the Egyptian god of the afterlife Osiris: indeed the underground structure was located in the middle of a processional route that joins the Nile with the Osireion, the temple dedicated to Osiris.



5 thoughts on “Beardless, curly-haired Jesus

  1. I’m a little unclear on this; did the “Jesus” person actually exist? I had thought the figure was a mixture of really old myths (B.C.) combined and then applied to a more convenient story.

    1. Well, NON, you ask difficult questions. The question is unanswerable, yet he may have had curly hair and no beard. Or perhaps not.

      It’s all about faith; some have it, some don’t.

      Were someone to write a biography of Jesus, it would be quite thin. Thinner than the bio of Millard Fillmore!

      1. (I know that Santa is white, but I heard some blowback because in a recent remake of Jesus they used a Middle Eastern actor.)

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