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The Betrayal

  • Object:

    Fragment of a panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and gilt alabaster

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.68-1938

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This alabaster relief formed the top half of a panel. Christ, with a forked beard, is shown standing left of centre; from his right hand, raised in blessing, a short scroll rises. He looks right at the bearded Judas, who embraces him with his left hand, which is thrust under Christ's cloak. A soldier wearing armour, a tippet of mail, a helmet and gauntlets, rests a battle-axe with a long sweeping blade on his left shoulder. With his right hand he grasps Christ's cloak. Another helmeted soldier stands on the right of the panel, his right hand holding the hilt of his sword. The bearded St. Peter, looking downwards and away from Christ, stands on the left of the panel. He wears a cloak and appears to be in the act of drawing his sword from his scabbard with his right hand.

The whole of the bottom of the panel is missing. The top edge has been cut away behind the heads of the figures. No colour survives except for the slightest trace of gilding on the hair of Christ and St. Peter. The back of the panel bears two lead-plugged holes. There is the mark of the large cross with two slanting parallel lines in the right-hand lower angle.

Physical description

This fragment is substantially the top half of a panel. Christ, with a forked beard, is shown standing left of centre; from his right hand, raised in blessing, a short scroll rises. He looks right at the bearded Judas, who embraces him with his left hand, which is thrust under Christ's cloak. A soldier wearing armour, a tippet of mail, a helmet and gauntlets, rests a battle-axe with a long sweeping blade on his left shoulder. With his right hand he grasps Christ's cloak. Another helmeted soldier stands on the right of the panel, his right hand holding the hilt of his sword. The bearded St. Peter, looking downwards and away from Christ, stands on the left of the panel. He wears a cloak and appears to be in the act of drawing his sword from his scabbard with his right hand.

The whole of the bottom of the panel is missing. The top edge has been cut away behind the heads of the figures. No colour survives except for the slightest trace of gilding on the hair of Christ and St. Peter. The back of the panel bears two lead-plugged holes. There is the mark of the large cross with two slanting parallel lines in the right-hand lower angle.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved and gilt alabaster

Marks and inscriptions

A large cross with two slanting parallel lines.
On the back of the panel in the right-hand lower angle.

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm, Width: 26.2 cm

Object history note

Purchased by L. Ashton in Paris, 30 November 1937. Transferred from the Department of Regional Services in 1980.

Descriptive line

Alabaster panel (fragment) depicting the Betrayal. English, 15th century.

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 227 (cat. 154), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0

Materials

Alabaster; Gilt

Techniques

Carving; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Armour; Soldier; Sword; Helmet; Gauntlets; Battle-axe; Scabbard; Scroll; Cloak

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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