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This drawing depicts an event described in the Golden Legend in which the pagans of Antioch mocked St. Peter by forcibly shaving the top of his head. Followers of St. Peter shaved their heads in imitation, turning a mark of shame into a mark of honor and originating the tradition of clerical tonsure. Surrounding this central scene are several events associated with tonsure in mediaeval exegetical texts: St. Paul cutting off his hair at Cenchrea; Ezekiel shearing, dividing, burning, chopping and scattering his hair to prophecy the destruction of Jerusalem; and Christ wearing the Crown of Thorns.

It was commissioned to commemorate the tonsuring of a class of seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter The arms of the Fraternity appear in the border, as do those of Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, who celebrated the ceremony.

Medium: Drawing, color ink on gaotskin parchment
Dimensions: 7 1/2" × 11"
Year: 2011

The original drawing was made on private commission.

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