This work possibly acted as an adornment over door panel, a tympanum, maybe it was an altarpiece or perhaps it was positioned over a pulpit in a parish church. The best Gothic sculptors were employed on architectural decoration such as this work.
This type of art had the immediacy and drama then that movies today have for modern audiences with the most humble of peasants being able to relate to what they saw, namely birth, suffering and death to their own life in their village. Ecce Homo, ‘Behold the Man’, shows Jesus stripped and brought before the people by the members of the Roman council, who are flanked by soldiers. The people mock and jeer Jesus, who wears a Crown of Thorns. His hands are bound with shackles, while the redness of the now raw flesh on his legs, hands and chest attests to the fact that he has been beaten with a scourge.
A very decorative religious fragment with a beautiful colour.