St Bartholomew

Statuette
15th century (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Saint Bartholomew, wearing a spade shaped beard is shown holding a flaying knife, the emblem of his martydom, in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a long verticle scroll which presumably originally bore the words of the Apostles Creed attributed to him. From his right arms hangs his own skin, which includes his hands and face, the eyes being shown as mere slits. He wears a robe and a cloak draped from his right shoulder.

There are traces of red paint in the folds of his cloak and gilding and brownish red paint in his hair and beard.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved, painted and gilt alabaster
Brief Description
Alabaster statuette depicting St Bartholomew. English, 15th century.
Physical Description
The saint, wearing a spade-shaped beard, holds a flaying knife, his emblem, in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a long vertical scroll which presumably originally bore those words of the Apostles' Creed attributed to him. From his right arm hangs his own skin, which includes his hands and his face, the eyes being shown as mere slits. He wears a robe, and a cloak draped from his right shoulder.



The blade of the flaying knife is broken off. There are traces of red paint in the folds of his cloak and gilding and brownish-red paint in his hair and beard. Dark green paint remains on the ground, with the usual daisy pattern. The back of the panel is marked with eight incisions close together. There are two lead-plugged holes. The bottom has been cut away.
Dimensions
  • Height: 56.1cm
  • Width: 16cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
8 closely spaced lines. (On the back of the figure.; incising)
Credit line
Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA
Object history
Acquired by Dr W. L. Hildburgh in Paris. Possibly from the church at St. Avit-les-Guespières, Sarthe. On loan to the Museum from Dr Hildburgh since 1924. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Saint Bartholomew, wearing a spade shaped beard is shown holding a flaying knife, the emblem of his martydom, in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a long verticle scroll which presumably originally bore the words of the Apostles Creed attributed to him. From his right arms hangs his own skin, which includes his hands and face, the eyes being shown as mere slits. He wears a robe and a cloak draped from his right shoulder.



There are traces of red paint in the folds of his cloak and gilding and brownish red paint in his hair and beard.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 81 (cat. 10), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0
Collection
Accession Number
A.61-1946

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record createdNovember 29, 2002
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