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The Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger

Photo credit: Nottingham City Museums

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John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus and died the year before Christ’s crucifixion. He was a preacher with a large following and this made King Herodias wary of his power. When the opportunity arose, he had John beheaded, ostensibly as a reward to Salome for performing a dance. The panel shows John’s head on a plate, as it was brought to Herodias. John’s death is seen as a premonition of the death of Christ and on this panel, at the bottom, we see Christ emerging from the tomb.

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Nottingham


Date

1450–1500

Medium

polychromed alabaster

Measurements

H 27 x W 17 x D 5.2 cm

Accession number

NCM 1932-29

Acquisition method

purchased from Sotheby & Co., 1932

Work type

Relief


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Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Friar Lane, off Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 6EL England

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