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What can a small boxwood sculpture from the sixteenth century tell us about the medieval mind? Discover how one exceptional prayer nut captures the spiritual and intellectual beliefs of the Middle Ages.

Soldiers play a game of dice at the center of this early sixteenth-century sculpture, while surrounding figures mourn or gaze upward in awe, alluding to a momentous sight nearby. This representation of the Tenth Station of the Cross captures a final scene in the life of Jesus Christ.

Where is Chaucer hiding? This 1602 edition of Chaucer’s works reflects the early modern interest in finding the poet, but also recalls medieval manuscripts that link authors to their stories and the physical page.