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Nottingham Castle Christmas Countdown Clock: Day 22

Welcome to the Nottingham Castle Christmas Countdown, where each night, we’ll be sharing an item from the world-class collections in the Castle’s Galleries in the lead up to Christmas.

private devotional altar piece, St John the Baptist, probably 15th century. On loan from Leicester Museums and Galleries
St John the Baptist, probably 15th century. On loan from Leicester Museums and Galleries

 

Welcome to day 22 of the Nottingham Castle Countdown Clock. Tonight, we’re sharing this private devotional altar piece, currently on loan from our friends at Leicester Museums and Galleries.

Alabasters like these were designed as private shrines for the houses or chapels of wealthy families, and were housed in portable wooden cupboards with hinged doors. Only people who owned land (the knights) or held important offices (the burgesses) could afford these precious artefacts.

This medieval alabaster panel is in a wooden casing, making it easier to move if necessary and to use for private worship.

Join us tomorrow for the next instalment of the Castle’s Christmas Countdown Clock.

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