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English, 15th/ early 16th century
PAIR OF CORBELS WITH A TONGUE-POKER AND A NOBLEWOMAN
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English, 15th/ early 16th century
PAIR OF CORBELS WITH A TONGUE-POKER AND A NOBLEWOMAN
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English, 15th/ early 16th century
PAIR OF CORBELS WITH A TONGUE-POKER AND A NOBLEWOMAN
sandstone
tongue-poker: 17.5 by 17.5 by 23cm., 6 7/8 by 6 7/8 by 9in. noblewoman: 17.5 by 17.5 by 19cm., 6 7/8 by 6 7/8 by 7½in.
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Provenance

By repute from York Minster, replaced during renovation in the 1960s and given by the Dean to the father of the previous owner

Catalogue Note

The juxtaposition of the noble and the grotesque was a typical part of the moralising imagery on churches in medieval England. See for example the two headstops with crooks among the kings and queens in the arcade of the angel choir of Lincoln Cathedral. The exaggerated bone and muscle structure of these two faces are often seen in English late gothic and early Renaissance heads such as the large screaming head in the Richard Wiseman collection (op.cit. no. 24)

RELATED LITERATURE
P. Kidson and J. Cannon (eds.), 'Part 7. Lincoln. Angel choir', in: P. Lasko (ed.), Courtauld Institute Illustration Archives. Archive 1. Cathedrals & monastic buildings in the British Isles, London, August 1978, nos. 1/7/157-162; R. Wiseman, Forty medieval carvings from the collection of Richard Wiseman, unpaginated, no. 24

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