Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Fragment of a panel - The Betrayal

The Betrayal

  • Object:

    Fragment of a panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and painted alabaster

  • Museum number:

    131-1894

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment is the top right corner of a panel representing Jesus's betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. The bearded figure on the left represents Judas while the other four figures, two in armour and two in civilian dress represent the high priest's men and soldiers who came to capture Jesus. There are traces of painted on this relief.

Judas Iscariot identified Jesus to the soldiers with a kiss.

Physical description

The fragment is the top right corner of a panel of the Betrayal. The bearded figure on the left of the fragment doubtless represents Judas, who on complete panels is shown embracing Christ. The other four figures, two in armour and two civilians, one clean-shaven, carrying a bill, represent the high priest's men and soldiers who came to capture Jesus.

Traces of black remain on the beards and hair of two of the figures. The back of the fragment has one hole holding a wire which appears to be comparatively modern.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted alabaster

Dimensions

Height: 19.2 cm, Width: 13.6 cm

Object history note

Purchased in 1894.

Descriptive line

Alabaster panel (fragment) depicting the Betrayal. English, 15th century.

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 228 (cat. 155), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0
List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1894. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1895. pp. 20

Materials

Alabaster; Paint

Techniques

Carving; Painting

Subjects depicted

Armour; Soldiers

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.