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Panel - St Peter

St Peter

  • 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

St Peter, standing beneath a canopy holds a scroll in his left hand and a key in his right hand. He wears a long gown gathered at the waist.

Saints are the heroes and heroines of Christian faith. In the 14th and 15th centuries, they were a popular subject for alabaster carvings. Religious themes penetrated private life, so devotional images of saints were sculpted not only for church interiors, but also for individuals to contemplate within the privacy of their homes.

Physical description

This small panel shows the bearded figure of the saint standing beneath a canopy which is an integral part of the panel. He holds a scroll in his left hand which runs from his eye level down to his feet, and his emblem, a key, in his right hand. He wears a long gown, gathered at the waist.

Most of the canopy is missing. The key is chipped. No paint remains on the panel, except for traces of green at the bottom. The back of the panel bears three holes, one plugged with lead.

Place of Origin

England (made)


15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted alabaster


Height: 23.5 cm, Width: 5.9 cm

Object history note

On loan from Dr W.L. Hildburgh to the Museum since 1931. Given by W. L. Hildburgh, 1946.

Descriptive line

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

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 141 (cat. 70), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0


Alabaster; Paint


Carving; Painting

Subjects depicted

Scroll; Key; Canopy


Christianity; Religion; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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