Architectural fragment, carving
Date Made/Found: 1170-1537
Material and Medium: Stone
Dimensions: Height 117mm, width 103mm, depth 85mm.
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: X1982.52
This carved stone head of a canon is from Beauchief Abbey, Sheffield. The carving shows the tonsured hairstyle worn by the canons.
Beauchief Abbey was one of 35 abbeys in Britain run by the Premonstratensian religious order. The Premonstratensians were canons rather than monks. Medieval canons were priests who went out into the community to preach, provide medical care and teach. About 12 to 15 canons lived at Beauchief Abbey.
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