The present alabaster is a rare example of a Nativity incorporating two registers, with two distinct scenes. The composition itself is not documented in either of Francis Cheetham's seminal volumes on Nottingham alabasters. The standard depiction includes the Virgin in her bed with the Child in her lap or the Virgin standing and gazing at the Child lying in a mandorla-form bed. The present lot is less stylized than the latter of the aforementioned types and much more whimsical with the incorpration of the shepherds above.
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