Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Fragment of a panel - Tree of Jesse

Tree of Jesse

  • Object:

    Fragment of a panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    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.90-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is the lower left portion of a panel depicting the Tree of Jesse. Jesse is shown wearing a gown and cloak, seated with his feet to the right, his knees drawn up and his body turned towards the spectator. The Stem of Jesse issues from his chest.

The Tree of Jesse refers to a passage in the Biblical Book of Isiah which describes the descent of the Messiah from Jesse of Bethlehem, through his son David.

Physical description

This fragment, the lower part of a panel, shows Jesse wearing a gown and cloak, seated with his feet to the right, his knees drawn up, while his body is turned towards the spectator. The Stem of Jesse issues from his chest. To his left stands a saint or prophet, encircled by a branch of the Tree of Jesse. He wears a gown and a robe draped from the left shoulder and carries a closed book with a prominent clasp in his left hand and an unidentifiable emblem in his right.

The whole of the top of the panel is missing. Green paint and the usual daisy pattern remain on the ground. Jesse's garment is lined with red and edged with gold, as is the garment of the standing figure. Jesse's shoes are red. The tree is gilded. The back of the panel at the bottom has been cut away. There is one lead plug in the fragment with a latten wire attached.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

Dimensions

Height: 15.3 cm, Width: 22.2 cm

Object history note

Discovered built into a wall in a church near Hadleigh, Suffolk. Formerly in the Corder Collection, Ipswich. In the possession of P. Nelson from whom it was acquired by Dr W.L. Hildburgh. On loan from him since 1926. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

Alabaster panel (fragment) depicting the Tree of Jesse. English, 15th century.

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 161 (cat. 90), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0

Materials

Alabaster; Paint; Gilt

Techniques

Carving; Painting; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Stem; Robe; Book; Tree; Cloak

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.