Two fragments of a crucifix by Unknown Artist

These two fragments are all that remain of a large crucifix that once stood or hung in All Hallows Church, South Cerney, Gloucestershire.

Details

Medium:
Wood covered in gesso & paint
Dimensions:
Head (14.5 cm), foot (12 cm)
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £60,000)
Acquired in:
1994
Vendor:
Vicar & Parish Church Council, All Hallows

It may once have hung in the centre of a roodscreen that has now been lost. Most of the sculpture has disintegrated over the years and the head and foot survived only as shells, kept together by gesso and paint. The sculpture shows Christ already dead, the eyes closed and the face at peace. The toes, in contrast, are curled under as if in pain. The forms of both fragments are elegant, with the hair centrally parted and swept back in stylised strands, the moustache long and neat and the eyes and chin enlarged and angular.

Provenance

All Hallows Church, South Cerney, Gloucestershire.

Venue details

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

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