ENGLISH, PROBABLY NOTTINGHAM, 15TH CENTURY
RELIEF WITH THE LAMENTATION OVER THE DEAD CHRIST
alabaster, with remnants of gilding and polychromy
Overall the condition of the relief is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age.
There are losses to the top of the relief, including to the head of the figure on the left side and to the gold ground between the Virgin and the figure on the right. A section at the top has been reattached, and a joint is slightly visible at the Virgin's neck and veil. There are further minor losses to the folds of the Virgin's veil, to the hand and the attribute of the figure on the left side, to the forearm, the hair, and the diadem of the figure on the right side, to Christ's nose and Crown of Thorns, and to the kneeling figure's hair and shoulder. There are minor chips and abrasions to the high points throughout. There is rubbing to the alabaster, in particular to the faces. The polychromy survives mostly at the grass on the bottom of the relief.
There is a modern perspex board to the reverse for mounting.
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Private collection, Belgium
The Lamentation over the Dead Christ is a comparatively rare subject in Nottingham alabaster carving. This large relief shows three female figures (presumably Mary Magdalene, Mary of Cleophas, and a third saint) surrounding the Virgin and Christ. It is similar in composition to an example in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. A197-1946).
F. Cheetham, English Medieval Alabasters: With a Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Oxford, 1984, no. 124; F. Cheetham, Alabaster Images of Medieval England, Woodbridge, 2003, pp. 93-94