Bay 18 (St Thomas Becket)

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Panel 07 - Signature panel (Tanner scraping a hide)

© Stuart Whatling, 2008

The animal hide (which would previously have been soaked for several days in running water or lime solution to loosen the hairs) has been stretched out over a special bench and is being scraped with a curved, two-handled knife. As with his companion in panel 5, the tanner is dressed in a relatively high-status long-sleeved, ankle-length tunic or cotte, which here is shown particoloured. This chap also wears a coif on his head. Full length tunics would not have been worn for this kind of activity (scraping hides is a very messy business) but their use here serves to emphasise the aspirations of the window's 'sponsors'.