late 15th century
Object Place: Europe, Italy
Overall: 57 x 26.5 x 9.8 cm (22 7/16 x 10 7/16 x 3 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
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Relief of an angel. Fragment of a larger architectural structure.
This fragment of a larger sculptural ensemble shows an angel walking, as if about to enter a doorway. Pairs of such figures often flanked the central element of an altar or tabernacle, creating a sense of focus and symmetry and encouraging viewers to enter conceptually into the space or scene.
Quincy Adams Shaw (b. 1825 - d. 1908), Boston; 1917, gift of Quincy Adams Shaw, through Quincy Adams Shaw Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 29, 1917)
Gift of Quincy Adams Shaw through Quincy Adams Shaw, Jr., and Mrs. Marian Shaw Haughton