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Shallow bowl with flat narrow rim and decorated interior. Cast, hammered, and engraved. Inscribed within a central circle (formed by a compass) is a seated three-quarter-length crowned female figure in frontal view. Dressed in a full-sleeved tunic with bands at the collar and sides and a low...

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1901, found in the Rhine near Cologne [see note 1]. By 1905, Robert Becker, Cologne. Albert Figdor, Vienna (b. 1843 - d. 1927); September 29, 1930, posthumous Figdor sale, Paul Cassirer, Berlin, lot 438, sold for M 1,600 to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P7318); May 12, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 391, to the MFA for $70. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949) NOTES: [1] Anton C. Kisa, "Die gravierten Metallschüsseln des XII. und XIII. Jahrhunderts," Zeitschrift für christliche Kunst 8 (1905): 235. At this time the bowl was in the possession of the Cologne art dealer Robert Becker.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Northern German, Medieval, last third of 12th–first third of 13th century

Object Place

Northern, north, Germany


Diam: 27.4 x 5.3 cm (10 13/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bronze (93.5% copper, 5.2% tin, 1.3% lead, trace of zinc)