Whilst the other works in this room were being produced in and around the area of Europe now called Germany, alabaster altar screens and small devotional works were being carved in Nottingham. Formed from gypsum, alabaster became popular during the late Middle Ages, being softer and easier to carve than marble. There was a large quarry outside Nottingham and ‘kervers’, as alabaster carvers were known, were well-regarded tradesmen.
The Resurrection: Nottingham Alabaster Relief 1400s © Compton Verney, photo by Jamie Woodley
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