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Head of a Prophet

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This deeply expressive head may come from the majestic Gothic cathedral in Strasbourg. Like many other churches, this cathedral was vandalized during the French Revolution, and sculptures were removed, destroyed, or decapitated. The pointed cap and the slightly open mouth indicate that the head...

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Possibly the head of a prophet on the façade of the Strasbourg Cathedral, France [see note 1]. Robert Forrer (b. 1866 - d. 1947), Strasbourg; probably sold by Forrer to Joseph Brummer (b. 1883 - d. 1947), New York; after his death, to his brother, Ernest Brummer, New York; 1956, sold by Ernest Brummer to the MFA for $2,000. (Accession Date: October 11, 1956) NOTES: [1] See Dorothy Gillerman, Gothic Sculpture in America (New York: Garland, 1989), vol. 1, pp. 19-21, cat. no. 9. Gillerman also discusses the damage done to the cathedral in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when figures were removed.

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William E. Nickerson Fund

French (Strasbourg), Medieval (Gothic), about 1300

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36.5 x 23.5 x 25.4 cm (14 3/8 x 9 1/4 x 10 in.)

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