Car (Cart, Chariot, Etc)
Car (Cart, Chariot, Etc.).
Herzog (Real-Encyklop. s.v. "Sinnbilder") mentions a sculpture in San Callisto, which contains a chariot without driver, with pole turned backwards, and whips left resting on it. This, as he says, appears evidently intended as a symbol of the accomplished course of a life. In Bottari. tav. clx, two quadrigae are represented at the base of an arch (covered with paintings of ancient date) in the second cubiculum of the catacomb of St. Priscilla on the Salarian Way. The charioteers carry palms and crowns in their hands, and the horses are decorated with palmbranches, or perhaps plumes; which connects the image of the chariot with St. Paul's figure of the Christian race (1Co 9:24; 2Ti 4:7). In the catacomb of Praetextatus there is a powerful and striking representation of the chariot of Death, who is taking a dead woman into his car. SEE HOISS.