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Traces of original polychrome and gilt decoration
An inventory no. ‘M2685’ to the reverse
Size: 18cm high, 11.5cm wide, 4.5cm deep – 7 ins high, 4½ ins wide, 1¾ ins deep
Alabaster is hydrous calcium sulphate also known as gypsum and was extracted in the Middle Ages from a comparatively small area of South Derbyshire and the adjoining corner of Staffordshire. Nottingham alabaster sculptures have a distinctive almost ‘English’ style. Depicting religious subjects they were usually painted and gilded, although areas of unpainted alabaster were almost always left to contrast with the colourful painted details. The carving of images of saints expanded during the fifteenth century reflecting the developing cult of saints.
At the time of the Reformation many of the carvings were destroyed or hidden, but the survival of fragments and those in the churches and cathedrals of France are proof of their popularity in medieval Europe. Today there are more English medieval alabaster carvings in Normandy than anywhere else.