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With a depiction of the mocking of Christ, the crucifixion, the nativity and the presentation in the temple
Some slight loss to top right hand corner
Third quarter of 14th Century
Size: 13cm high, 7.5cm wide – 5 ins high, 3 ins wide
A writing tablet was a utilitarian object meant to be used and reused for writing whilst the decorated side could be used for devotional purposes. The reverse is a recessed rectangle within a raised border and this space would be filled with soft wax which when hardened was written on with a metal stylus. The wax would be scraped over or discarded when the text was no longer needed.