Carved oak figure of St Clement, from the newel post (second floor ) of the staircase from Morlaix, Brittany, France, about 1522–30.
St Clement was pope between about AD 92–99 and was thought to be the second or third pope after St Peter. He was considered to be a martyr and is depicted carrying an anchor, because although nothing is actually known of his death, he was thought to have been executed by the emperor Trajan by being thrown into the sea weighted down by an anchor. His inclusion on the newel post was probably to demonstrate the owner's religious allegiances.
Museum no. A.8.1909