Corpus of misericords at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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Corpus of the misericords at Victoria and Albert Museum

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01

Crouching man with feet curled up beneath him, elbows raised to level of his head.

Said to have come from Wells cathedral. C.1330

02

Foliage in high relief.

Supporters - Leaf.

The seat is six-sided with slightly projecting point in front, and is bordered with a sunken moulding carved at intervals with carved rosettes.

 Said to have come from Lincoln Minster. C. 1370

03

Reclining nude man, bearded, leaning his head on his left hand, supporting the bracket.

 Said to have come from East Anglia.

04

Two men in short tunics, threshing wheat with two flails.

Supporters- Blemya.

Thought to have come from St. Nicholas, King’s Lynn via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.

05

Man loading farm cart with sheaves which are passed to him on a fork by a woman. The horse turns his head to watch them.

Supporters - Grotesque bird, with head set on man’s shoulders, the lower part covered by drapery.

Thought to have come from St. Nicholas, King’s Lynn via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.

06

Man piling sheaves in stook. A woman brings two more to him.

Supporters - Grotesque dwarf, cloaked and hooded.

Thought to have come from St. Nicholas, King’s Lynn via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921

07

Eagle with wings extended, holding a scroll.

Supporters - Grotesque bird , the lower part covered by drapery.

Thought to have come from East Anglia via Architectural Society, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921

08

Lion gorged and chained.

Left Supporter - Merchant’s mark in initial W.

Right Supporter - A tun, flowers and leaves in an initial N.

Thought to have come from East Anglia via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.

09

Ecclesiastic praying at an altar on which is a book, behind is a sedilia.

Left Supporter - Eagle in a letter N/B

Right Supporter A floriated letter, possibly W/Y.

Thought to have come from East Anglia via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.

10

Carver at work, with dog at his feet, two apprentices at work at a bench behind him, and one before him.

Left Supporter - An initial U and a saw.

Right Supporter - An initial V and a gouge.

Thought to have come from East Anglia via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.

11

Stag hunted by hounds; at either side is a rabbit in its burrow.

Left Supporter - A hunter’s horn in a letter V.

Right Supporter - A merchant’s mark in a letter U.

Thought to have come from East Anglia via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.

12

Eagle grasping a rabbit Two young rabbits look out of their burrows.

Left Supporter - A five-petalled flower.

Thought to have come from East Anglia via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.

13

Fat lion/ leopard, couchant regardant [gorged and chained.]

Left Supporter - Merchant’s mark

Right Supporter - Barrel and a hook, each in ribbon letters.

Thought to have come from East Anglia via Architectural Museum, Tufton Street, Westminster 1921.


The following misericords are of unknown origin 16th century. They came into the possession of the Museum in 1910. Most are in store at Osterley House or Bethnal Green museum.

16-1

Two storks or cranes standing back to back, with their necks arched so that their heads touch over their backs.

16-2

Woman’s head, in a flat head-dress with scarf drapery.

16-3

Man’s head, with well-defined features and protruding ears, wearing a biretta-like cap.

16-4

Woman’s head with parted lips, showing irregular teeth. She wears a close fitting cap that covers the ears.

16-5

Two amphisbaenae, standing back to back on a machicolated base.

16-6

Man in crouching position, with hands holding his head, as if the whole supports the bracket. He is wearing a long coat and boots.

16-7

Two parrots, with wings outspread, standing side by side on a T-shaped perch.

16-8

Two men dancing, with raised knees. They wear long skirted coats.

16-9

Owl with outspread wings.

16-10

Wyvern standing upright with outspread wings. One leg is raised and his neck turned, as if dancing.

16-11

Man’s head, with bat’s wings for ears, and having his mouth agape.

16-12

Two cockerels, facing each other with raised wings, as if fighting.

16-13

Small, plump dog, in profile.

16-14

Eagle with wings raised, on a pedestal.

16-15

Basilisk, with raised wings, and its tail sweeping upwards between its legs.

16-16

Two bat-like creatures intertwined, with raised wings, possibly meant for wyverns.

16-17

Head of a woman, wearing elaborate head-dress with flowing veil. The collar of her gown is pointed.

16-18

Two dancers facing each other, each having one arm raised and the other outstretched, with the hand resting on his companion’s shoulder. They wear skirted coats, girdles with wallets hanging from them, and ankle boots with openings of the front of the anklets.

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