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This figure of a monk covers his face in grief, his heavy drapery conveying the weight of his sorrow. Large sculptures of mourners decorated tombs, creating a kind of perpetual funeral procession accompanying the effigy of the deceased. This small figure may also have been part of a tomb...

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Provenance

By 1931, Bela Hein (b. 1883 - d. 1931), Paris [see note 1]; by inheritance to Mme. Bela Hein, Paris; 1967, sold by Mme. Bela Hein to the MFA. (Accession Date: Sept 13, 1967) NOTES: [1] According to a September 8, 1967 acquisition recommendation from Hanns Swarzenski, Hein acquired the sculpture in Avignon.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

French (Rhône Valley), Medieval (Gothic), about 1475–1500

Object Place

France

Dimensions

23.2 x 12.2 x 11.1 cm (9 1/8 x 4 13/16 x 4 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

67.764

Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone with traces of yellow bole and polychromy

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture