Misericord by Unknown Artist

This misericord originally came from Bristol Cathedral.

Details

Medium:
Carved oak
Dimensions:
24 x 68 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £27,000)
Acquired in:
2007
Vendor:
Sam Fogg

A misericord is a hinged choir stall seat carved on the underside with a ledge to support the clergy when tipped up. The carving depicts a bearded man bending over showing his behind and an archer aiming his arrow at the nude buttocks. It is a typical example of the combination of bawdiness and satirical humour frequently represented in the misericord carver's art. Because of their obscene nature, several of these misericords were removed from Bristol Cathedral in the 19th century and, until the appearance of this one, were thought to have been destroyed.

Provenance

Believed to have removed from Bristol Cathedral, circa 1860; Clive Sherwood; Sotheby's, 2002; Mr Warillow, 2005; Sam Fogg.

Venue details

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Queen's Road, BRISTOL Bristol BS8 1RL 0117 922 3571 www.bristolmuseums.org.uk

Entry details

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