- Art Funded
- 23 cm
The medieval figure of St John the Baptist was found by a metal detectorist in Essex in 2008, and is one of few objects of its kind to survive the destruction of religious art during the Reformation. The gold statue features John the Baptist in the robes of a prophet. With his right hand he gestures to a platter held in his left, representing the dish on which his head was brought to Salome following his execution.