Badly damaged, these three fragments may represent the remains of an ornate medieval shrine that was deliberately defaced during the Scottish Reformation. They form part of a series of quatrefoils, or of trefoiled arches, containing five figures carved in low relief. Three are grouped in what appears to represents a hunting scene with a hawk. The right-hand figure, apparently in a kneeling pose, is badly damaged, with a small circular hole in its side, possibly intended for iron-work. A small piece of iron-work does in fact project from the hand of the figure holding the hawk, and if the stone does come from a shrine, and the iron-work is original, it could have been intended for hanging votive offerings. The fragments of two further figures are set apart from this group. It is possible that these fragments relate to other decorative panels in the Melrose Abbey Commendator's House Museum thought to befrom the shrine of St Waltheof. The second abbot of Melrose, who died c1160, he was buried in the chapter house.
307 x 657 x 120mm
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