Search:



Medieval sculpture rediscovered at The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

Posted: 4pm 26 Oct 2018

In an effort to photograph and document the entire collection of The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology has discovered a gem suspected to be one of Queensland's most valuable pieces of mediaeval sculpture.

The 500-year-old carved limestone frieze, detailing the entombment of Christ, has been in a store room since it was given to the museum in 1992.

“It was wrapped in an old mattress. I couldn’t believe my eyes (when we unwrapped it),” senior curator Michael Strong says.

The only hint of what it was, was a black and white photograph that made it look as if it were in bad shape and not particularly interesting.

The Abbey museum team has been photographing the museum 's entire collection and felt it was time to unpack the item earlier this year for the first time.

“It’s a very, very important piece indeed.”

The frieze was part of Father John Ward’s collection of antiquities amassed from 1934-1940 and displayed at Abbey Folk Park, which closed in 1940 during WWII.

Abbey Folk Park never re-opened and pieces were sold off. The park was then purchased by a wealthy German whose daughter was married to film director Mike Figgis Turner.

Ultimately, Figgis Turner wanted the park turned into a film studio, with his prior knowledge of the other items from the John Ward collection making their way to Caboolture’s Abbey Museum, he arranged for this piece to also be sent there.

The piece is most likely from France or Belgium, damaged and separated from the whole sculpture during WWI and taken to Britain. “There’s no doubt it was part of a bigger piece,” Michael says.

He says that it would have been part of a rood screen, separating the nave from a mediaeval church's chancel, covered in elaborate carvings of Christ's life.

Michael hopes it will be on permanent display and it may even be loaned to other museums from time to time.

Visitors to the museum have already been seen sitting and gazing at it in deep reflection, something Michael is confident will happen more often.

“I think it’s something that will become a centre of modern pilgrimage. I think people will come to see it,” he says.

Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology

What: Displays spanning 500,000 years from the prehistoric age through to the end of the 19th century

Where: The Abbey Place, Caboolture.

Visit: abbeymuseum.com.au

Share

Trending

Chasing your dream kitchen? The experts tell us how.

Margaret & Slobodan Kocovski worked with MKN Kitchens and Laundries at Lawnton to turn their 20-year-old, horseshoe-shaped kitchen into an spacious, elegant, and comfortable place to cook and entertain.…

Survive the drive – get home safe

Christmas is right around the corner but the greatest gift you can give your family and friends this holiday season is getting home safe. That’s the message this National Road Safety Week.…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   23-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Moreton Daily Stadium to host two NRL blockbusters

Rugby league fans can enjoy not one, but two, NRL blockbusters at Moreton Daily Stadium next month when rounds 20 and 21 come to town.…

Local News   •   22-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Lock in your EKKA holiday long weekend plans

The Moreton Bay Region's EKKA holidays have been locked in for 2021 and 2022. It's time to plan a long weekend close to home. …

Local News   •   22-7-2021  •   Moreton Daily

World-first to debut at Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival

Leading macadamia nut exporter Nutworks is partnering with the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival to create one of the most unique flavour combinations in the world. The new flavour – a nod to the bay – will be unveiled at the festival.…

Local News   •   21-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

The winner is … Brisbane

After a six-year journey to bring the world’s biggest sporting event to South East Queensland, it’s official … the 2032 Olympic Games is coming to Brisbane. …

Local News   •   21-7-2021  •   Kylie Knight

$1.5 million for Bellara foreshore upgrade

A $1.5 million upgrade of the Bellara foreshore is one of the key projects to be delivered as part of the State Government’s SEQ Community Stimulus Program (SEQCSP). Plans have not been finalised but there are some exciting additions on the wish list.…

Local News   •   21-7-2021  •   Moreton Daily

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Day 1 action, first results

The opening ceremony might not be until Friday, but competition begins today at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games - and the first results are now in. Check out our rolling coverage.…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition

Close