John Muafangejo - Judas Iscariot betrayed our Lord Jesus for R.3.00

John Muafangejo (1934-1987)

Linocut print

34 x 45 cm

1972

Methodist Modern Art Collection
MUA/2008/1

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Matthew 26.47-50, Matthew 27.3-5

This work is divided into two parts. On the right, a clean-shaven Judas is shown embracing Jesus while two bearded figures, with weapons in their hands and sheathed swords, look on. They must be part of the high priest’s entourage. Above are words from Luke’s Gospel (22:48). On the left Judas is shown hanging from a tree: three 1-rand notes (the currency of South Africa where the artist was born), the price of betrayal, can be seen below the foliage. The words on this side are non-biblical.

Commentary based on A Guide to the Methodist Art Collection.