- Museum number
Alabaster panel; polychrome; carved; the thirteenth Sign of the Last Judgement; five men and two women stand looking upwards; men wear long belted tunics, women with horned head-dresses; tree on right, one portion broken away; above figures, under triple canopy is angel issuing from cloud and holding a scroll; below canopy are groups of golden rays; foreground and tree coloured green, with flowers of white dots with red centres; figures bear traces of red and gold colouring.
- Production date
- 1420-1460 (circa)
Height: 610 millimetres
Width: 240 millimetres
Depth: 60 millimetres
- Curator's comments
This alabaster panel would have formed part of an altar showing the Last Judgement. This event was sometimes thought, in the Middle Ages, to be preceded by fifteen different signs, of which this is the tenth. This sign shows men and women walking about, insensible, and unable to communicate with each other. The sculptor has portrayed the inability to communicate in a remarkably convincing way. There are seven figures, of whom two are women with fashionable horned headdresses. The eyes of the figures do not look at each other and their hands are raised to feel their surroundings or rest on each other's shoulders.
This has mistakenly been catalogued as the tenth sign of the Last Judgement. It is much more likely to be the thirteenth sign, which is the day when all of the stars will fall from Heaven.
- On display (G40/dc4)
- Exhibition history
2003 9 Oct-2004 18 Jan, London, V&A, Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547
2000 6 Nov-2001 5 Jan, Leeds, The Henry Moore Institute, The Eternal Return
1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number