The Entombment shows Christ being laid in the tomb, with a hooded Mary Magdalene and three men (usually St Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and St John) helping to lower the body. The woman with clasped hands is Mary of Clopas, who is often seen in a hysterical state in depictions of the entombment. This painting, by an unknown British artist, is on long-term loan to Bristol Museum and is probably a copy of another work. It once formed the centre of an altarpiece (see photograph Mb7390). The altarpiece containing the painting was moved to the crypt of St Nicholas Church in the early days of the second world war for safekeeping. After the main part of the church was destroyed by an incendiary bomb on the night of 24 November, 1940, the crypt was used for services and they continued there until 1959. Due to its deteriorating condition, The Entombment was removed from the crypt in 1974, a year after the church was reopened as a museum and brass rubbing centre.
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: The Entombment
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: a painting, formerly in the crypt of St Nicholas' Church