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Head of an Apostle

Head of an Apostle

c. 1325-1350

Limestone, with traces of polychromy

Overall: 36.2 x 24.2 x 20.4 cm (14 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1960.170

Description

This detached head with deeply incised hair was likely that of a large, nearly life-sized figure of an apostle. It would have originally stood more than 6 feet in height and was gilded and painted. The head was formerly affixed to a halo carved from the same block of stone, and the head would have been slightly angled downward. Though its original context is unknown, the style is generally suggestive of sculptural programs in Toulouse during the early 1300s.

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