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A PARCEL-GILT POLYCHROME ALABASTER RELIEF OF THE HEAD OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
A PARCEL-GILT POLYCHROME ALABASTER RELIEF OF THE HEAD OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
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A PARCEL-GILT POLYCHROME ALABASTER RELIEF OF THE HEAD OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

ENGLISH, NOTTINGHAM, 15TH CENTURY

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A PARCEL-GILT POLYCHROME ALABASTER RELIEF OF THE HEAD OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
ENGLISH, NOTTINGHAM, 15TH CENTURY
8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) diam.

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John the Baptist was beheaded on Herod's orders. The present relief depicts the relic of John's head, which was kept in Amiens Cathedral. Doubling as a halo, the charger may have been incorporated into a rectangular relief, such as an example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (inv. no. 13.124), which has a similar charger standing against a flowering meadow, an evocation of Paradise.




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