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Panel - St Lawrence

St Lawrence

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and painted alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The saint is dressed in a deacon's robes and carries a book and a gridiron, said to have been the implement of his martyrdom.

Physical description

The figure of the saint, carved with an unusually small head, is wearing a deacon's dalmatic and alb. He carries a large closed book in his right hand and in his left holds his emblem, a gridiron, by the handle.

The bottom of the gridiron is missing. The top right-hand corner of the panel is damaged. The panel is chipped slightly on the left-hand side below the saint's sleeve. Little colour remains. There are traces of black on the gridiron. The back of the panel bears four lead-plugged holes.

Place of Origin

England (made)


15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted alabaster


Height: 41.6 cm, Width: 12.5 cm

Object history note

Acquired by Dr W. L. Hildburgh in London. On loan from him since 1926. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

Alabaster panel depicting St Lawrence. English, 15th century.

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 127 (cat. 56), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0
Hansa: real life and myth (Die Hanse, Lebenswirklichkeit und Mythos), Hamburg, 1989


Alabaster; Paint


Carving; Painting

Subjects depicted

Alb; Gridiron; Book; Dalmatic


Christianity; Religion; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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