Figure, of Christ

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found on Islay, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Figure, of Christ.
© National Museums Scotland

Figure, of Christ

This 13th-century bronze figure of Christ originally formed part of an altar or crucifix to which it was fixed by nails through the hands and a tang at the back of the feet. It was possibly made in Germany, and is said to have been found on Islay in the Inner Hebrides.

The figure has long hair and a beard and is dressed in a loin cloth decorated with zigzag lines and a long tied 'belt'. The garment may once have been decorated with enamel.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-330-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KE 12
Date: 13th century
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 140 mm x 130 mm x 25 mm D
What: Crucifix / figure / Christ
Subject: Crucifixes, reliquaries (NMAS Classification)
Who: Jesus Christ
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Islay
Description: Bronze figure of Christ from a crucifix, said to have been found on Islay, 13th century
  • Caldwell, D. H. (ed). Angels, Nobles and Unicorns: Art and Patronage in Medieval Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1982 
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