A WONDERFULLY MOVING MID 15TH CENTURY ENGLISH OAK SCULPTURE OF THE BUST OF CHRIST CROWNED WITH THORNS.
Unusually, Christ, although crowned with thorns, is depicted not as the 'Man of Sorrows, but with a kindly, almost joyous facial expression. The high forehead, large eyes, forked beard and wavy hairstyle relate directly to 15th-century English Alabaster sculpture. Christ's downward gaze indicate that the sculpture was designed to be seen from below, possible when kneeling at an altar. Extensive traces of polychrome on the underside of the bust indicate that it was not cut down from a larger figure.
PROVENANCE- FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION.
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED ON THE WEBSITE- INVISIBLESAINTSMYPARISH.ORG. THIS IS A COMMUNITY DRIVEN WEB BASED PROJECT TO LOCATE, DIGITALLY RECORD AND DOCUMENT THE LONG LOST MEDIEVAL DEVOTIONAL WOOD SCULPTURES OF THE BRITISH ISLES. THE ULTIMATE AIM OF THIS WEB SITE IS TO BRING THESE WORKS OF ART TO LIGHT, NOT ONLY FOR THEIR DOCUMENTATION PURPOSES BUT ALSO FOR FUTURE SCHOLARS, THE WEBSITE WAS COMPILED BY THE WARWICK ARTS DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY.
15" HIGH X 14" WIDE.
STOCK NO 1634.