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Figure of a Bishop

Wood with traces of polychrome. Half-kneeling on oblong base of clouds, left foot has shoe with cross. Fringe on bottom of robe and bands of embroidery on robe and stole. Hands outstretched to right, fingers spread, right hand holds rod. Mitre has ornament carved in high relief. Back of figure...

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About 1929, Mrs. May Gaston, Boston [see note 1]; about 1929, gift of Mrs. Gaston to the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY; 1949, gift of the U.S. Military Academy to the MFA. (Accession date: December 9, 1949) Notes: [1] According to a letter from Colonel Allen L. Keyes, Director of the United States Military Academy Museum (October 31, 1949), the statue was donated by Mrs. Gaston to the Academy collection almost twenty years earlier.

Credit Line

Gift of the United States Military Academy (West Point)

about 1700

Object Place

Mainz, Germany

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Medium or Technique

Wood; polychrome wood