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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





polychromed alabaster


H 27 x W 17 x D 5.2 cm

Accession number

NCM 1932-29

Acquisition method

purchased from Sotheby & Co., 1932

Work type



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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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