Statuette of Saint George on Horseback and Princess of Cappadocia

Northern European
Medieval (Gothic)
mid-15th century


Object Place: Europe, Belgium

Dimensions

Overall (St. George and Horse): 12.9 x 11.3 x 4.9 cm (5 1/16 x 4 7/16 x 1 15/16 in.) Other (Princess): 4.6 x 5.2 x 1.4cm (1 13/16 x 2 1/16 x 9/16in.)

Accession Number

56.1222a-b

Medium or Technique

Metal; latten (figure: 76.8% copper, 18.6% zinc, 2% tin, 2.6% lead; horse: 73.2% copper, 3.4% tin, 22.1% zinc, 1.3% lead)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Horse and rider, each cast separately in one piece and riveted together; kneeling female cast in one piece. Hollow cast and chased. The rider wears a box-shaped breastplate with a cross, a fauld, a gorget, genouilleres, gauntlets pierced with holes for a lance, and sabotons with spurs indicated by a small plug in each heel. The horse stands equally on all four feet with the bridle and breastband in relief and the mane indicated by parallel hatchings on one side. The front right and both back feet are fitted with attachment pins; the front left foot has a modern threaded hole. Her arms raised, long straight hair falling down her back, and feet indicated roughly by two semicircular projections, the kneeling female wears a narrow band around her head and a loose-fitting gown with a high belt and folds marked crudely by parallel lines. There is a modern threaded hole for attachment in the base.

Provenance

By 1953, Mathias Komor, New York [see note 1]; 1956, sold by Komor to the MFA for $800. (Accession Date: December 13, 1956)

Credit Line

Gift of the Class of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mrs. Arthur L.Devens, Chairman