According to Mosaic Law circumcision is a sign of the covenant with God and takes place on the eighth day after a child’s birth (Genesis 17:10–14, Lev. 12:3, Luke 2:21). Some Christian churches celebrate this festival on 1 January. A related relic is venerated in the Sancta Sanctorum chapel in Rome. The panel is an early example of an independent depiction of this subject. Its donors were the alderman and Master of the Church of St Columba, Johann von Questenberg, and his wife Christina von Aich. The respective wings are now in the depot.