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Statuette - The Trinity

The Trinity

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved, painted and gilt alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The dove representing the Holy Spirit is missing, but would have been carved separately and attached to the top of the cross where the dowel hole is visible.

Physical description

This small Trinity shows God the Father, enthroned and crowned, with a forked beard and wearing a gown and a cloak draped over his knees. The cross, which bears Christ and has an orb at the base, stands between his knees. The figure of Christ is shown with his head inclined to the left; he has a forked beard and wears a loincloth and the torse. The Holy Spirit is not represented, but there is a large dowel hole at the top of the cross by which the Dove was doubtless attached.

The right hand of God the Father, which in other examples is raised in blessing, is missing. The right arm of Christ is missing and his left hand is damaged. A little green paint, now darkened, and the usual daisy pattern remain on the ground. Traces of red paint and gilding remain on the figures and on the orb. The back of the figure bears two lead plugs holding latten wires.

Place of Origin

England (made)


15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved, painted and gilt alabaster


Height: 30.5 cm, Width: 13 cm

Object history note

Acquired by Dr W.L. Hildburgh in London. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

Statuette, alabaster, The Trinity, English, 15th century.

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 298 (cat. 224), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0


Alabaster; Paint; Gilt


Carving; Painting; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Crown; Orb; Torse; Cross; Loincloth; Throne; Cloak


Christianity; Religion; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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