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The Annunciation

Artist/maker unknown, English

Made in Nottingham, England, Europe

15th century

Alabaster with paint and gilding

20 x 9 inches (50.8 x 22.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 302, European Art 1100-1500, third floor

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Credit Line:
Purchased with Museum Funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945

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Nottingham alabasters often appeared in sets with an established theme and, much like painted altarpieces, were frequently used to decorate the backs of altars. Few groups, however, remain intact and in their original locations. This example depicts the popular subject of the life of the Virgin Mary. Such altarpieces were exported to a number of Western European countries.

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