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Bell rubbing with Christ on the Cross between the Virgin Mary and Saint John, from Church of St. Blaise, Nordhausen, Germany

19th–20th century [bell dated 1488]
Sheet (a): 28 7/16 × 17 11/16 in. (72.3 × 44.9 cm) Sheet (b): 28 5/8 in. × 14 in. (72.7 × 35.6 cm)
Rubbing, Prints
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.569.15(1a, b)
Not on view
From a set of rubbings made from reliefs on bells ranging from the 13th to 16th century from Germany, Sweden and Denmark. The provenance of the rubbings is unknown, although several reproduce bells that were damaged or destroyed during the Second World War. This set seems to be unique in documenting medieval bell decorations.
Vendor: Walter Schatzki
Schulze, Ritzungen von Laienhand (2006): p. 221, fig. 159
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