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This is a hand rubbing of a memorial engraved plaque. Marguerite de Scornay was Abbess of Nivelles from 1443-1460 - one of the most important abbeys in Belgium. She built the great gate of the abbey, and founded an annual mass, which this 'brass' was laid to commemorate. She had rights to administer justice and also mint coins. This panel, rubbed by me from an exhibition of plates presented by The London Brass Rubbing Centre while it held an exhibition of facsimilie plates and their rubbings at The Washington National Cathedral, was the survivor of three panels after the 1940's bombing. This panel shows the Abbess being presented by the Virgin Mary and child to St Margaret of Antioch, her patron saint, with a dragon, the saint's special symbol nearby. The four corners of this picture show the symbols of the apostles.

The rubbing has been produced by using a metallic gold compound applied over a special black rag paper. The rag paper is strong enough to hold up under strenuous and consistant rubbing once it has been stretched over the engraving. The rubbing measures 36" X 20" and leaves sufficient room to mat and frame.
I will mail it to you in a strong postal tube and include a copy of the Historical Notes produced by The London Brass Rubbing Centre, so that you can have all the historical backgound of this exciting and lovely piece of artwork.

Brass Rubbing Abbess memorial / from Nivelles Abbey, Belgium c 1400....


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