Roman Soldier offers Jesus the sponge with vinegar
Although the staff and sponge (similar to that held by the other soldier with the spear) is not visable in this 1938 restoration, it was most certainly part of the original painting.
Source: Fr. Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. , The San Damiano Cross: An Explanation (Franciscan University Press Steubenville, Ohio 1983)
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