Alabaster. Full-round figure of bearded nobleman kneeling on tasseled cushion on rectangular stepped plinth, hands in prayer. Full armor, ruff at neck and cuffs, scabbard (sword broken) at left, sheathed dagger at back. Said to be from Zamorra, Spain.
A monastery in Zamora, Spain (?) [see note 1]. Spanish Art Gallery, London; sold by the Spanish Art Gallery to William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York; November 28, 1940, sold by Hearst to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N4831); 1944, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $26,000. (Accession Date: November 9, 1944) NOTES:  When this sculpture was acquired from Brummer Gallery, it was said to have come from a monastery in Zamora, and to represent Don Monzo Averesque, the monastery's founder.
1939 Purchase Fund
Spanish, about 1600
Overall: 152.4 x 63.5 x 77.5 cm, 491.7 kg (60 x 25 x 30 1/2 in., 1084 lb.) Mounted (rolling steel base/2 removal slots ontop for inserting straps): 133.4 x 99.1 x 64.8 cm, 90.72 kg (52 1/2 x 39 x 25 1/2 in., 200 lb.)
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