Shaped and mounded rectangular base with free-standing curled branch at end; seated, reclining and standing robed figures (one hand missing from last two). Depression at back (for cross ?).
Oscar Bondy, (b. 1870 - d. 1944) Vienna [see note 1]; probably sold from the Bondy collection to Adolf Fritz Mondschein (Frederick Mont) (b. 1894), New York [see note 2]; 1959, gift of Frederick and Betty Mont to the MFA. (Accession date: January 8, 1959) NOTES:  An Oscar Bondy sticker with the number 706 is located on the bottom of the sculpture. Oscar Bondy, a Jewish businessman living in Vienna, owned a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art. In 1938, when Germany occupied Austria, his collection was systematically looted by the Nazis. Mr. Bondy and his wife left Europe and emigrated to the United States, where he passed away in 1944. In the year following World War II, much of his collection was restituted to his widow and subsequently sold on the New York art market. It has not been determined whether this sculpture was among the objects seized from his collection; however, if it had been, it was in all likelihood returned to Mrs. Bondy in New York, who sold it to Mont. (see below, n. 2)  Mont sold many of the objects restituted to Elisabeth (Mrs. Oscar) Bondy.
Gift of Frederick Mont and Mrs. Betty Mont