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Panel - St Barbara

St Barbara

  • 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

Saint Barbara, wearing a tight fitting gown and a cloak draped from her left shoulder, holds a small tower decorated with a boss in her right hand and a palm in her left hand.
The tower refers to her imprisonment by her father.

Physical description

The saint stands with her head inclined to her right; she wears a fillet. In her right hand she holds a small tower decorated with a boss. In her left hand she carries a palm. She wears a tight-fitting gown, and a cloak draped from the left shoulder.

The panel has been broken horizontally in two places and repaired. The top of the spire of the tower and the palm above hand level are missing. Details of carving on the head are worn. There are traces of a reddish-brown colour on the tower and of blue and red on the saint's robe. There is gilding on the saint's fillet and traces of gilding on the tower and cloak. There are also traces of the characteristic green ground at the bottom of the panel. The panel has been backed with plaster and slate. The bottom has been cut away.

Place of Origin

England (made)


15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved, painted and gilt alabaster


Height: 41.5 cm, Width: 12.6 cm

Object history note

On loan to the Museum from Dr W.L. Hildburgh since 1923. On loan to the Museum since 1923. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

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

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 78 (cat. 7), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0


Alabaster; Paint; Gilt


Carving; Painting; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Bosses; Gown; Cloak; Palm leaf; Tower


Christianity; Religion; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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