Statuette of Female Saint

German (?)
Medieval (Gothic)
late 15th century


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

8.6 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm (3 3/8 x 1 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

57.740

Medium or Technique

Metal; Gilded Copper 9100% copper, traces of lead and tin)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Standing figure with halo attached by a rivet, roughly finished in the back. Cast, chased, and gilded. With a closed book in her left hand and her right hand raised with fingers curled to hold a staff, she stands in a slightly swayed frontal pose, gazing down. She wears a tight-fitting gown and, pulled over the wimple on her head, a mantle that falls under the left hand in deep angular folds and is held behind the right hand. The finely modeled face has full cheeks, deeply inset almond-shaped eyes, a small straight nose, and full mouth. The halo is decorated with a band of parallel hatching.

Provenance

By 1957, Mathais Komor, New York; 1957, sold by Komor to the MFA for $200. (Accession Date: December 12, 1957)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund