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298                  CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
thickish, in color like his hair, not very long but forked; his look innocent and mature, his eyes gray, clear, and quick. In reproving he is terrible-, in admonishing, courteous and fair spoken; pleas­ant in conversation mixed with gravity."
" It cannot be remarked that any one saw him laugh, but many have seen him weep. In propor­tion of body, most excellent; his hands and arms most delicate to behold. In speaking, very tem­perate, moderate and wise. A man for his singu­lar beauty, surpassing the children of men."
From this letter of the predecessor of Pontius Pilate (?) the two earliest known portraits of Christ (in the Calixtine and Pontine catacombs at Rome) were probably sketched and the model has been followed up to our day.
But there is another description, by St. John of Damascus, which is much more in keeping with the Jewish type, of which he supposes the Sav­iour probably may have had some trait.
According to him, Christ had beautiful eyes, but the eyebrows meeting; a regular nose, flow­ing locks, a black beard, and a straw colored complexion, like his mother.

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