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Bust of a Man

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Probably a prophet. Polychromed wood. Cheek rests on right hand, right elbow & left hand rest on book. Rich gold robes with simulated fur collar. Visored hat turned up at front, wide band & streamer; free standing dark beard and curls.


A. S. Drey, Munich. Acquired through Wilhelm von Bode (b. 1845 - d. 1929) by Jacob Mandelbaum, Berlin; about 1919, sold by Mandelbaum to Eugene L. Garbáty (b. 1880 - d. 1966), Schloss Alt-Döbern, Niederlausitz (Germany), New York, and East Norwalk, CT [see note 1]; 1955, sold by Garbáty to the MFA for $2000. (Accession Date: March 10, 1955) NOTES: [1] The provenance information is taken from Eugene Garbáty's notes (in the MFA curatorial file). At the time of its acquisition, it was said to have come from either Ulm or Strassbourg. Garbáty emigrated from Berlin to New York between 1938 and 1939, bringing much of his art collection with him.

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Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

about 1490

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46.99 cm (18 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood; Polychrome wood