Statuette of a Deacon

Low Countries
Medieval (Gothic)
second half of 15th century (?)

Object Place: Europe, France or Flanders


21.1 x 6.1 x 4.6 cm (8 5/16 x 2 3/8 x 1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Leaded latten (50.7% copper, 13.8% zinc, 31% lead, 2.6% tin, 1.9% antimony)

Not On View





Frontal figure, hollow cast in one piece, standing on a hexagonal corbel; vertical opening (48 x 10 mm.) for attachment in the back. Clutching an open book in his left hand and raising his right, the figure wears a dalmatic and alb with an amice around his neck and a maniple over his left arm. The garments fall in deep straight folds, breaking into angular ones at the feet. He has short straight bow-cut hair with a tonsure, and his face has small fine features, deep-set eyes, and an angular jaw.


1945, Gabriel Dereppe, New York; July 13, 1945, sold by Dereppe to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N6324); 1947, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $1000. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund