Low relief panel in oolitic limestone.
‘Genre piece’ showing figure seated next to a table, viewed end-on, onto which is set a large, round-sectioned object, probably a barrel.
The figure, who appears to be robed in the manner of a monk or friar, is shown leaning towards the barrel(?) and in the act of filling a tankard or small jug held in his right hand. He faces forward, his left hand shown close to the bottom of the barrel, presumably to operate the tap. On the far side of the table is a jug with single handle and prominent spout.
The stone has been competently cut but is not well detailed, in particular in the area of human figure and his face. This may indicate that the piece is unfinished. The upper part and one side of the stone are broken and this suggests that perhaps originally this was part of a larger decorative freeze.
The dating of this piece is uncertain, though based on its overall style and the subject, a Late medieval date and certainly no later than the 16th century seems likely.
Other information & metadata
Site location: The Blackfriars, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Roman/medieval town
Discovery context: Unstratified
Gloucester Blackfriars stone panel fragment – ‘the drunk monk’ – website article