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Fragment of a panel - The Annunciation

The Annunciation

  • Object:

    Fragment of a panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    second half 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.42-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment is the bottom left-hand panel of an Annunciation panel. It shows the archangel Gabriel, wearing a tiara bearing a cross, an alb and amice and wearing a cloak fastened with a brooch, kneeling on a projection.

Drills were used to undercut the lily and the scroll. which would originally have carried a painted inscription.

Physical description

This fragment is the bottom left-hand portion of an Annunciation panel. The archangel Gabriel, wearing a tiara bearing a cross, an alb and amice and a cloak fastened with a brooch, kneels on a projection. His alb is gathered at the waist by a cord. He points at a scroll which curves round the stem of a lily plant bearing three flowers, standing in a ewer. The scroll no doubt carried an inscription of his salutation.

Traces of green paint remain on the lily stem. There are slight traces of gilding. The back of the fragment has been cut away at the bottom. There are three holes in the back.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

second half 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

Dimensions

Height: 31.3 cm, Width: 11.2 cm

Object history note

Acquired by Dr W. L. Hildburgh in Paris. On loan from him since 1923. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

Alabaster panel (fragment) depicting the Annunciation. English, second half of 15th century.

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 172 (cat. 99), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0

Materials

Alabaster; Paint; Gilt

Techniques

Carving; Painting; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Scroll; Brooch; Cloak; Tiara; Amice; Lily; Ewer; Cross; Alb

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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