Master Radovan, Saint Mary Magdalene Washes the Feet of Jesus

13th century
West portal, Cathedral of St. Lawrence, Trogir, Croatia

In John 12:1-8 Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus washes the feet of Jesus with a pound of ointment, and Judas complains about the expense. Here we see Judas point accusingly at Mary.

The sculptor has placed at Mary's knee a large version of the "alabaster jar" (Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9) that is the attribute of Mary Magdalene. John's gospel does not say that the Mary washing Jesus' feet was the same person as Mary Magdalene, but that was what Christians in the west traditionally believed. (See my page on Mary Magdalene.)

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