Fragment of a carved oak panel

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Postcard of Fragment of a carved oak panel.
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Fragment of a carved oak panel

This fragment of a carved oak panel dates from around 1595. It probably formed part of the interior decoration of a post-Reformation church.

The panel is inscribed on one side with the words 'Lord Help Us And Saif' (Save), a lyrical message providing Christian moral guidance. The date, 1595, and commemorative initials A.A. and I.S. are carved on the other side.

Probably the panel would have been made for a patron who was one of the wealthier members of the congregation and who would have installed it on his or her own initiative.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-652-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KL 109
Date: 1595
Around 1595
Material: Inscription: On one side: LORD HELP VS AND SAIF / On other side: A.A. / I.S./ 1595
Dimensions: 128 mm H x 338 mm W
What: Panel / fragment
Subject: Carved woodwork, painted ceilings (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Fragment of a panel, with LORD hELP VS AND SAIF on one side, and A.A.I.S., 1595 on the other, bought in Edinburgh
  • Hay, G. 'The Furnishing of Post-Reformation Churches' 
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