Misericord showing a woman picking nits

Description
Misericords were tip-up seats which allowed a priest to perch through long medieval services. They were often decorated with scenes from everyday life. This misericord shows a mother picking nits from her daughter's hair.
Accession Loan No.
128/1937/Y3
Simple Name
misericord (seat)
Full Name
misericord depicting woman picking nits
Collector / Excavator
Hems, Harry, Mr
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Common Name
misericord showing a woman picking nits
Material
wood
Period Classification
Medieval (1200-1500)
Collection Class
Architectural fragments
Collection Contintent
Europe
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Year Low
1400
Production Year High
1499
Created At
2016-10-13 15:45:29
Updated At
2019-03-28 15:16:31

    There are 10 comments

    • Caroline, potter
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It’s gorgeous trouble they’ve gone to with these folds on the skirt.

    • Margaret Hammond, painter
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It’s a fairly masculine face.

    • Richard, local resident of Exeter (retired)
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      If you look at the curve of the back, that’s a woman. It’s a woman’s waist, and a woman’s dress…. The face is really concentrated on what she’s doing.

    • Margaret
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      In that case it might be Ruth and Naomi.

    • Richard, local resident of Exeter (retired)
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      I think it’s a mother and daughter.

    • Margaret
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It’s a blessing of some sort…. Is it a man and a woman, or two men?

    • Caroline, potter
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      They used all sorts of local and mythological themes, didn’t they? …I think they had quite a sense of humour – I’ve seen all sorts of things on carvings. There’s no reason why your husband wouldn’t do your hair for you. You’d probably have done his.

    • Margaret Hammond, painter
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      That’s very upsetting! … Would they have had such a subject [in a church]?

    • Angela McTiernan
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      It looks like someone looking for headlice!

    • Caroline, potter
      22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

      That’s wonderful!

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