Statuette of Angel

Figure from an Annunciation

German or Swiss
Medieval (Gothic)
late 15th–early 16th century


Dimensions

3.7 x 1.9 x 1.5 cm (1 7/16 x 3/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

53.457

Medium or Technique

Lead (96% lead, 4% tin)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Set with 53.458. Angel on hexagonal base. Solid cast in one piece. Genuflecting in three-quarter pose, the angel wears an alb finely pleated on top and with broad angular folds at the bottom; slightly bent arms are held out in front. One angel (of set of two: 53.457 and 53.458) has a cincture around the waist and holds an open book that rests on his knee. There is no trace of wings.

Provenance

By 1953, with Rudolf Berliner, Munich and Providence, Rhode Island; 1953, sold by Berliner to the MFA for $25. (Accession date: May 14, 1953)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund