Statuettes of two Angels

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


Object Place: Europe, Germany (?)

Dimensions

a: 2.9 x 1.9 x .7 cm (1 1/8 x 3/4 x 1/4 in.) b: 2.6 x 2 x .7 cm (1 x 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

51.1406a-b

Medium or Technique

Metal; gilded silver (a: 84.6% silver, 13.7% copper, .7% lead, 1% gold; b: 88.9% silver, 9.8% copper, .4% lead, .9% gold)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Angels with two silver pins for attachment cast into the bottom of each. Solid cast and gilded. The flattened bodies are shown in profile with raised arms and heads turned toward the viewer on one side; one gazes up and the other looks down. They have short bowl haircuts with a band of curls at the ends and each wears a dalmatic with slits on the sides over an alb. The folds of the fluttering draperies are somewhat compressed and debased.

Provenance

By 1951, Dr. M. Hugo Oelze (d. 1967), Amsterdam; 1951, sold by Oelze to the MFA for $700 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 14, 1951)

NOTES:
[1] Purchased with MFA accession no. 51.1407 for $700.

Credit Line

Seth Kettell Sweetser Fund