Reverse glass painting with the piercing of Christ´s tongue with a thorn
In the 19th century, family-run and small businesses specialising in figurative reverse glass painting settled around glassworks in numerous places throughout Bavaria. The mostly religious motifs were executed by the skilled craftsmen more superficially than in great detail and often as a supplementary income. Devotional images from places of pilgrimage or depictions of saints were particularly popular with customers. Scenes from the life of Jesus were also popular as devotional imagery. In particular, motifs from the extra-biblical '15 Secret Sufferings' the Son of God had to endure in the dungeon before crucifixion, became widespread with meditation literature for the intensification of piety. The piercing of the tongue was the 13th of these sufferings.