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Hexagonal tower-shaped finial with three tiers of windows and a statuette of the Virgin and Child on the pinnacle. Individual pieces were either cast or cut out, chased minimally, soldered together (windows enameled), and gilded. The three stories are soldered together, each comprising a sheet...

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Provenance

Until 1955, K.J. Hewett, London; 1955, sold by Hewett to the MFA for $336. (Accession Date: September 15, 1955)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Tower-shaped finial

German (?), Medieval (Gothic), mid-14th–mid-15th century

Object Place

England

Dimensions

7.5 x 2.5 cm (2 15/16 x 1 in.) With base: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.) high

Accession Number

55.467

Medium or Technique

Gilding and translucent enamel on silver (tower, various pieces: 98.1-98.2% silver, 1.8-1.9% copper; statuette: 96.4% silver, 3.6% copper)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork