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Holy Church

  • Object:

    Fragment of a panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and painted alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.11-1946

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment is the lower part of a narrow panel and shows three headless figures facing right. The left-hand figure wears a chasuble, probably represents and archbishop, possibly St. Thomas Becket. The middle figure wears a girded alb and tippet and holds a sceptre in his left hand and an object representing a ring in his right, indicating that he is Edward the Confessor. The right-hand figure wears and alb and amica and holds with his right hand one of two cords which hang from a cardinal's hat.

This fragment is almost certainly from a panel forming part of a Te Deum altarpiece made up of panels of such subjects as the Prophets, the Nine Orders of Angels, Male Martyrs and Female Martyrs, all looking towards a central panel of the Trinity or Crucifixion.

Physical description

This fragment is the lower part of a narrow Te Deum panel and shows three headless figures facing right. The left-hand figure wears a chasuble, probably representing an archbishop, possibly that most popular of English medieval archbishops, St. Thomas Becket. The middle figure wears a girded alb and a tippet and holds a sceptre in his left hand and an object representing a ring his right, indicating that he is Edward the Confessor. The right-hand figure wears an alb and amice and holds with his right hand one of two cords which hang from a cardinal's hat.

The top of the panel is missing and the bottom is badly chipped. The right-hand figure is broken across near the bottom. There is a hole through the panel to the left of the sceptre. The fragment is craked from top to bottom down the middle. Very slight traces of paint remain on the panel, including the usual daisy pattern on a green ground. The back of the panel is incised with a circle containing rows of short lines and small drilled cirles. There are three holes in the back, two of them plugged with lead. The bottom of the panel has been cut away.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted alabaster

Marks and inscriptions

A circle containing rows of short lines and small drilled circles.
On the back of the panel.; incising

Dimensions

Height: 29 cm, Width: 18.2 cm

Object history note

Acquired by Dr W. L. Hildburgh in Paris. The vendor stated it had come from Dammartin, Seine-et-Marne, where it had been dug up in a garden. This fragment was almost certainly from a panel forming part of a Te Deum altarpiece. On loan to the Museum from Dr Hildburgh since 1920. Given by Dr Hildburgh in 1946.

Descriptive line

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

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

Cheetham, Francis. English Medieval Alabasters. Oxford: Phaidon-Christie's Limited, 1984. p. 311 (cat. 237), ill. ISBN 0-7148-8014-0

Materials

Alabaster; Paint

Techniques

Carving; Painting

Subjects depicted

Sceptre; Tippet; Amice; Chasuble; Alb; Finger rings; Hats

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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