An alabaster panel

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An alabaster panel

The panel was found in Exeter in 1854. It shows the head of John the Baptist on a platter (alluding to his martyrdom) flanked by St Catherine (bottom right with her Catherine Wheel) and St Margaret (bottom left). Above, the soul of St John is held in a sheet supported on each side by an angel; this scene is damaged. The panel is an example of the devotional panels known as 'St John's heads' which were made in Nottingham and other English towns in the 15th century.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum

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