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European, possibly 12th century and 15th century

Portable Altar

Property from the Descendants of John and Gertrude Hunt

European, possibly 12th century and 15th century

European, possibly 12th century and 15th century

Portable Altar

Portable Altar

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Property from the Descendants of John and Gertrude Hunt

European, possibly 12th century and 15th century

Portable Altar


gilt copper, stone and wood

24.5 by 19cm., 9⅝ by 7½in.

There is wear to the stone slab, including some small chips and abrasions. The stone slab is loose in its setting. There is wear to the wood, including some stable splitting and some chips. There are rectangular openings to the wood at the back, which indicate former mounting. There are also incised circles and dots to the wood at the back. Some whitish residues to the wood. There are some losses to the gilt repousse elements, including to the bands at the top left corner, on the right, and to the right of and below the cross. There is further wear to the metal including some warping, nicks and scratches, and wear to the gilding at the high points.       


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John Hunt (1900-1975) and Gertrude Hunt (1903-1995);
Thence by descent to the present owners
Maidstone (Kent), Leeds Castle, on loan until 2022
The wood and stone elements of this intriguing portable altar could date from as early as the 11th or 12th century. Mount holes indicate that the object may represent the top section of a box-shaped portable altar such as a 12th-century example from Hildesheim (Dom-Museum Hildesheim, inv. no. DS 25). A portable altar with feet from circa 1100 in the Musei del Duomo di Modena is inlaid with a similar serpentine stone slab. The gilt copper mounts with fleurs-de-lis and other floral motifs are likely to have been added in the 14th or 15th century. Similar motifs appear in the 14th-century embossed bands incorporated into the portable altar (circa 1100) of Saint Foy in Conques.