Sculpture of St Peter trampling the devil

Description
Dressed in gown and tunic, the bearded figure of St Peter tramples the devil beneath his feet. He holds in his right hand a church and his crossed keys; in his left is a book. The sculpture formed the corner post of the ground floor of a house at the corner of High Street and North Street, Exeter, supporting the jettied upper storeys.

Although external wooden sculpture was not uncommon in late medieval England, the Exeter figure is a rare - and very large - survival of religious street iconography. Since no local tradition of large wooden sculpture is known, the possibility arises that this is the work of an immigrant craftsperson. The Low Countries or Germany are perhaps the most obvious origins for such an individual, but a third possibility could be France, where broadly comparable figures stand on house facades, for example at Morlaix. Exeter city documents of the early sixteenth century record a sizeable immigrant community, including people from all these areas.
Accession Loan No.
1/1988
Collection Class
Architectural fragments
Common Name
sculpture of St Peter trampling the devil
Simple Name
sculpture
Full Name
sculpture of St Peter trampling the devil
Dimensions
whole W 600 mm; whole height 1970 mm; depth depth 600 mm
Period Classification
Late Medieval (1400-1500)
Production Year Low
1450
Production Year High
1500
Family Group

Material
wood; oak
Collection Site Name
187 High Street; junction of High Street and North Street
Collection Town
Exeter
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe

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