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Saint John the Baptist
  • England, United Kingdom
  • Saint John the Baptist, 1400s
  • Where object was made: Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
  • alabaster, paint, gilding
  • Object Height/Width: 54.3 x 13.3 cm
    Object Height/Width: 21 3/8 x 5 1/4 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1959.0040

The figure, identified as St. John, stands under an elaborate traceried heading facing slightly to his left holding a lamb in his left hand and pointing to it with his right. The head of the kneeling lamb is twisted upward, a rather unusual position more often found in the lamb placed below the severed head of St. John on a charger. The figure has the attentuated form and elegant pose preferred by the late Gothic period.