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This painting combines two episodes from Christ’s Passion: the mocking and the crowning with thorns.

Bosch drew on all four Gospel accounts of Christ’s humiliation as well as contemporary devotional literature which tell how Christ was first insulted and spat at in the houses of the Jewish priests.

Then, after his trial before the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, he was dressed in 'rich' clothes by Roman soldiers, who plaited a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They mocked him, saying ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’, and spat on, and struck him. Finally they removed the cloak and led him away to be crucified.

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