Corpus of the misericords at the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, Edinburgh


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Serpent. Its face has curved chin, staring eyes, and pointed ears. It has an M-shaped body and two webbed front caws. Underside of

body stamped with six-pointed stars with blunt points.

No supporters.


Full-maned lion head with human features and staring eyes, no front legs and webbed rear claws. The tail ends in an Amphisbaena Head.

No supporters.


Demi-angel with raised wings holding shield charged parted per pale.

Supporters  pendant vine-leaf.


Two four-legged beasts, with human features, and hands instead of fore-paws supporting between them a tree trunk with side-branches lopped close to the trunk to form steps, the top supporting the bracket.

Supporters  pendant vine-leaf.


Dragon with raised wings, and a tail ending in an amphisbaena head, trampling on a prone beast with dog-like head. The whole is crudely carved.

Supporters  pendant vine-leaf.


Two branches of acanthus-leaf, leading from the corners of the bracket and meeting in the centre; that on the left curving down and upward, that on the right pendant.

Left Supporter missing.

Right Supporter woman’s head in a wimple.


Beast walking to right, with arms instead of forelegs, the right arm stretching along its back to grasp the tails which curve forward. The feet

of the hind legs are human. The head is a well-carved mitred face. The beast appears to stand upon a rock.

Left Supporter a mitred head with flowing side-locks of hair.

Right Supporter  missing.


The carving represents the Adoration of the Magi. The Virgin wears a full robe and has long curling tresses. Behind her appear the head and shoulders of

an ox and the head of an ass. A wise man kneels before her, holding a cup in his right hand, and removing the lid with the help of the Child. He wears a

gown girdled, and a hood on his head. Behind is a young man wearing a tunic girdled, a short surcoat and tippet. He wears a round low-crowned hat

ornamented with a chevron pattern, over hair in ringlets, and holds a tall moulded cup in his left hand, and grasps the lid with her right hand.

The supporters are missing, but it is presumed that they would have been St. Joseph and one of the Three Kings. Formerly in possession Dr. James S.

Richardson, 7a Tantallon Terrace, North Berwick, East Lothian. From unspecified church in South Scotland.

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