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Predicate Object 1959 1959-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1959-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1931.214 Gift of Moss Davis, 1931, Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 16297 1997-05-21T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-16T20:21:23.015Z 40 This carved figure was a decorative feature of the Ypres Cloth Hall, built during the first hundred years of the thirteenth century. Ypres was a significant trading centre; in particular it was a major centre for the cloth trade. The sculpture has a flat, plain back, indicating that it would have been attached to a wall or column. The figure represents a bishop wearing liturgical vestments, the mitre and cope. At the base of the figure the remnants of one, possibly two figures can be seen, sitting atop a vessel of some kind, perhaps representing a chest for storing or transporting cloth, in reference to the Guild. The city of Ypres including the magnificent Cloth Hall was destroyed during the First World War, when this figure was salvaged and brought home by returning serviceman Captain NRW Thomas. Medieval church carving, figure of [Saint Nicholas] figure, religious
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