The severed head of John the Baptist is on a dish in the middle of the panel.

On either side are figures of St Peter and St Thomas a Becket, above two angels support St John's soul in a mandorla, below is Christ the Man of Sorrows. Such heads were usually a single object for domestic devotion, rather than as part of an altarpiece. Two holes in the back suggest it was fixed by latten wires to a small wooden cupboard for display.


Ronald Lee.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU
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(1 July – 23 September 2019 open until 5pm)

  • Closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
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