Portable altar by Unknown Artist

Used by church dignitaries if on a journey and out of reach of church for mass.

Details

Medium:
Whalebone
Dimensions:
23 x 9 x 14 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £15,000)
Acquired in:
1963
Vendor:
M H Drey

Richly carved with images of the apostles within arcades on the long sides. At one end is a representation of the Crucifixion with St John and the Virgin, and at the other, Christ in Majesty with symbols of the Evangelists.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

Entry details

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Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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