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A misericord or miserere is the projecting shelf found underneath hinged choir stall seats. In the raised position it affords the occupant some support while standing during long services. Often the misericord is decorated with fine carvings of heads, figures, monsters, myths and legends, or scenes from everyday life such as this one of musicians…

The word misericord, sometimes also miserere, derives from the Latin for pity or compassion. It is the name for projecting shelf found on the underside of hinged choir stall seats. When these are turned up the shelf provides the occupant with support while standing for long intervals of time. In this secluded position woodcarvers placed some of…

(hnadwritten on back of image): 66.13, Milverton (Somerset): front of choir stalls, S. side

(handwritten on back of image): 187./Limerick, Co. Limerick: Cathedral of St. Mary: Miserichord of W.-most choir seat on S. side from c. 35 1/4" from lowest plain of relief (stamp on back: 172)

(handwritten on back of image): 193./Limerick, Co. Limerick: Cathedral of St. Mary: Miserichord on N. side of choir from c. 58 1/2" from angel (stamp on back: 0 9 0)

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