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Statuette - Saint Philip

Saint Philip

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    fifteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved alabaster

  • Museum number:

    A.59:1-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The beardless Saint Philip is shown with a distinctive hair-style shaped into a zigzag fringe on the forehead. He wears a robe and a cloak draped from his left shoulder and in his right hand, on a cloth, he carries his emblem, three loaves of a typical medieval shape to represent the Feeding of the Five Thousand. From his left arm hangs a long scroll which presumably originally bore the words of the Apostles' Creed attributed to him. The saint's head has been broken off and repaired. His left hand is missing. There is some damage at the figure's shoulders.

Saint Philip was present at the miracle of the Feeding of the Five thousand whereby Jesus fed a multitude of people with only five loaves and two fishes.

Physical description

Statuette, alabaster with flattened back. The beardless saint is shown with a distinctive hair-style, the hair shaped into a zigzag fringe on the forehead. He wears a robe and a cloak drpaed from his left shoulder. In his right hand, on a cloath, he carries his emblem, three loaves of a typical medieval shape to represent the Feeding of the Five Thousand. From his left arm hangs a long scroll which presumably originally bore the words of the Apostles' Creed attributed to him. The saint's head has been broken off and repaired. His left hand is missing. There is some damage at the figure's shoulders.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

fifteenth century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved alabaster

Dimensions

Height: 22 in, Width: 6 in

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh after having been on loan since 1924.

Historical context note

This figure appears to be from the same altarpiece as the figures of Saint Bartholomew, St James the Less and Saint Jude. They form part of a set of the twelve apostles, possibly from St. Avit-les-Guespières, Sarthe. There is another figure of St Philip in the present collection, in the Apostles Creed Altarpiece. Figures of the Saint in English Alabaster are recorded at Abergavenny on the side of the tomb of William ap-Thomas (c.1450) and at Tong, Shropshire, on the side of the tomb of Sir Richard Vernon (d.1451) Other figures of the saint include one in the George Collection, Connecticut, one in the Burrell Collection, Glasgow and a fragment in the collection of Oscott College, near Birmingham.

Descriptive line

Statuette, alabaster, St Philip, English, fifteenth century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984.

Materials

Alabaster

Techniques

Carved

Subjects depicted

Bread

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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