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Each woman has a rosary, and the two hold these out towards each other, perhaps for mutual admiration of their workmanship (or costliness - these do not look like peasant women). The pair are certainly in a confidential huddle, heads inclined towards each other, as opposed to being piously bent over their beads. At the right hand end of the bench, traces are still visible of a devil standing on it. Tristram¹ saw the painting in the first half of the 20th century and confirms that this is what it is. He could also see traces of a larger devil standing behind the bench, and embracing the two women as in almost all the other examples of the subject in the table below. I can see nothing of this now, but there may be another small devil squatting on the left hand end of the bench.
A painting of (probably) St. Christopher and St. Catherine at Little Melton has effectively vanished behind the organ, but there is a large Annunciation on the altar wall. The church is largely unspoiled, and there are many other medieval items of interest.
¹Tristram 111, p.222
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