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A fragmentary bone crucifix. 18th century. Found in Cathedral Close.

This evocative image is my eye’s focus; a white emblem among varieties of dark metal work objects which make up the so-called ‘Drainage Collection’ – muddy-coloured objects salvaged from the street channels of medieval Salisbury. But the white face of Christ is stained only with the ravages of pain clearly picked out in bone. The striking figure stands out amongst the keys, knives and other mundanities. Although he was lost, he has been found, and given a home in this museum, and is here to see every day by the  wanderers passing by his glass window.

Erica Humbey writes about one of her favourite objects in the museum…