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Panel - The Resurrection

The Resurrection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

On this crowded panel Christ rises from the tomb with His right hand raised in blessing, startling the soldiers set to guard him. With his right foot, Jesus steps onto the shoulder of one of the soldiers.

Physical description

On this crowded panel, the bearded figure of Christ, wearing the torse, the loincloth and the shroud over his shoulders, is represented with his right hand raised in blessing holding the cross-staff of the Resurrection in his left. The end of the cross-staff, remarkably, rests on the helmet of a sleeping soldier. Christ steps from the tomb with his right foot, his torso represented frontally but his hips and legs viewed from the side, and turned to his left. His right foot rests on the shoulder of a soldier, wearing a basinet, a tippet of mail, a low-belted jupon and armour, who kneels asleep in the bottom right of the panel, facing right, resting his head on his arm. A battle-axe lies on a piece of raised ground behind him. A similar soldier is represented on the lower left of the panel, falling back onto a piece of ground and supporting himself with his right hand; he holds a battle-axe in his left hand and looks up at Christ in amazement. Two similar soldiers are represented behind the tomb, to right and left. The left-hand soldier is asleep, supporting his head on his right hand and holding in his left a lance which rests over the front edge of the tomb. On the right, the other soldier holds his halberd in both hands, looking up at Christ. A half-length figure of an angel, hands raised, is represented in the top left corner of the panel.

The top right corner of the panel is missing. Christ's right hand is damaged and his left hand and the top of the cross-staff of the Resurrection are missing. There is a diagonal break in the panel from Christ's right hand to his head and a chip in the lower left of the panel. No paint remains on the panel. The back of the panel is cut away at the bottom. There are four lead-plugged holes with latten wires attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)


15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved alabaster


Height: 42.2 cm, Width: 24 cm

Object history note

Acquired by Dr W. L. Hildburgh in Paris. On loan from him since 1922. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Historical significance: Christ's pose is unusual: with the exception of the present panel and an example which forms part of a Passion altarpiece in the Musée Thomas Dobrée, Nantes, he is shown in English alabaster panels of the subject with his right leg extended in front of him to his right.

Descriptive line

Alabaster panel depicting the Resurrection. English, 15th century.

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 277 (cat. 204), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0
Hildburgh, W.L. Notes on some English Medieval Alabaster Carvings. Antiquaries Journal. III, 1923, pp. 34-6, pl. VII, 4.





Subjects depicted

Torse; Armour; Helmet; Tomb; Shroud; Lance; Staff; Soldier; Angel; Battle-axe; Halberd; Loincloth


Christianity; Religion; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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