Communion Meal.  Late 3rd century AD.

        Tomb inscriptions and carvings are another form of early Christian art, and another source of information about the early years of the underground cult movement.  This relief panel on the marble sarcophagus of Baebia Hertofila, like other images at this time, expresses a disguised Christian message.  The panel portrays a communion meal.  The diners, however, seem inappropriately boisterous for the solemn sharing of the sacrament; indeed, in his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul chastised those who behave in this fashion.  This relief suggests that attitudes more appropriate to Greek and Roman revels persisted among many of the early converts to the cult of Christ.