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An engraving designed and printed during the late 16th century, entitled “Christ before Caiaphas” is now in the collection of the British Museum [1]. The description reads: “to left, Christ brought to Caiaphas by soldiers; Caiaphas dressed as a priest seated under a canopy to right; in a decorative border with insects including a snail and a grasshopper”. The artist who designed this engraving is Maarten de Vos (1532–1603), a painter and draughtsman who worked in Antwerp. He was a follower of Frans Floris.


Actually there are two snails and a shell to be seen. In the left border a dextral snail, in the right border a sinistral snail and a dextral shell seen from below.



[1] BML, inv. PD F1.198. http://to.ly/KcCe.