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Head of Christ

Head of Christ
12th century - mid
h 17 x w 12.5 x d 11.5 cm
UEA 394

This limestone head is likely to have been part of an indoor furnishing in a church, possibly a choir screen, or as a head-stop for a doorway or window. The man’s pronounced high balding forehead and long beard is more consistent with an apostle, such as St Paul, than Christ. While it was discovered in England, its fine and deep drilled carving style has led it to be compared with sculpture from various sites in northern Europe.

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