Portable altar, anonymous, c. 1500 - c. 1525

Portable altar, anonymous, c. 1500 - c. 1525

oak (case), walnut (figures), polychromy, gilding, silver plate (imitation pearls), coloured glass (imitation gems), lead (rosettes) and copper (hinges and lock), h 23.3cm × w 14.4cm × d 6.5cm Catalogue entry

This exquisite portable altar was intended for private devotion. The owner could use it for personal meditation either at home or when travelling. Open, the altar presented a poignant image of ‘Christ as the Man of Sorrows’ standing in his tomb and pointing explicitly at the wounds caused by his crucifixion. This helped the believer to identify with Christ’s suffering.

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