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Diptych, painted wood, 17th century.

Museum number: S53

Curatorial note

On the right-hand leaf of this diptych is miniature portrait of a woman (inset into an oval aperture) and on the other leaf is painted a somewhat styalised tree, within a painted oval frame, with the skyline of a city in the backgrouind, perhaps Oxford (?). The tree depicted may be a Rowan tree judging from its clumped foliage and serrated leaves: the Rowan was believed by many to offer protection against malevolent forces and during a journey.

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