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Christ blesses a Monk. The risen Christ stands facing the onlooker on the right of the image, holding a cross staff in his left hand and displaying his wounds. He is portrayed as if hovering above the ground, his right hand raised in blessing. To his right a smaller, tonsured figure kneels before him in prayer. In the background a walled town with two church steeples. Inscribed on a banderole is the petition Te petimus criste no|bis faueas p(er)egrinis D S, whereby the kneeling figure seeks protection for pilgrims. Double-lined frame. [France (?), c.1500] [opens new window]

XYL-15 Christ blesses a Monk
[France (?), c.1500].Woodcut with Latin inscription.

The risen Christ stands facing the onlooker on the right of the image, holding a cross staff in his left hand and displaying his wounds. These are picked out in deep red to give them special prominence. Stitching holes on the right-hand edge suggest that the leaf may at some time have formed part of a codex.

The woodcut is one of an extensive series of devotional images stitched or pasted into a sixteenth-century Sarum primer (Paris: Franciscus Regnault, 1534), apparently by the Radcliffe family of Ordsall in Lancashire, during the period 1548-78. The various annotations and deletions in the printed primer, together with the unusually large number of added devotional images, indicate the intense use that was made of this book by its recusant owners during the Elizabethan period.

Shelfmark: Gough Missals 177, fol. C1v..