- Museum number
Monumental plate; brass; part of the sepulchral monument of a bishop or abbot; the head of the bishop is under a canopy; above, Abraham receives his soul, flanked by two angels bearing candles and four nimbed saints, each under a canopy; pierced by twelve circular holes.
- Production date
- 1345-1350 (circa)
Length: 696 millimetres
Width: 580 millimetres
Depth: 10 millimetres
- Curator's comments
See Stephen Freeth, 'A List of Brasses in the British Museum,' in Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society, Vol VXI, Part 4, 2000-2001, pp. 395-6.
This fragment of a memorial brass of a bishop would have originally shown the full-length figure of a deceased bishop. He wears a splendid mitre, his ceremonial headdress, studded with jewels. In his right hand he carries a highly ornamental crozier, his staff of office. The bishop’s head rests on a pillow decorated with flowers and butterflies. Each of these objects reflects the wealth and importance of the bishop.
- On display (G40/dc10/sC)
- Exhibition history
1994 15 Jun-11 Sep, London, V&A, Pugin
1987 5 Aug-1 Nov, London, V&A, Witness in Brass
- Damaged at the top right hand corner and centre at base.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased abroad by Pugin but provenance unknown.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number