Ashwellthorpe Triptych returns home

A colourful replica of a stunning medieval artwork which holds a special place in the history of a south Norfolk village has returned home.

The Rt Rev Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, dedicated the full-sized photographic reproduction of the Ashwellthorpe Triptych this afternoon as it took its rightful place at All Saints' Church, in Ashwellthorpe.

The service was packed with residents and representatives of the various charitable trusts which had helped raise the �4,600 needed to create the realistic copy.

The Ashwellthorpe Triptych, the original of which sits on permanent display at Norwich Castle Museum, is a Flemish altarpiece which depicts the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary.

It was painted by an unknown artist around 1520 and was commissioned by the Knyvett family of Ashwellthorpe.

Mary Yule, a volunteer with the Norfolk branch of the Art Fund which commissioned the replica, said: 'I'm thrilled and delighted and very, very moved. And it's wonderful that the bishop has been able to dedicate it.'

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