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Relief of Saint John Mourning

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Standing figure open in back. Cast, chased, and gilded. Resting his head on his left hand with flexed fingers in a gesture of mourning, John stands in a contrapposto pose gazing out at the viewer. His clean-shaven chin and short hair, rendered in soft waves with a band of curls around the...

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Provenance

Until 1953, with Mathias Komor, New York; 1953, sold by Komor to the MFA for $960. (Accession Date: April 9, 1953)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund

Northern French or Meuse Valley, Medieval, about 1220–30

Object Place

Northern France/Meuse Valley

Dimensions

8.9 x 3.3 x 2 cm (3 1/2 x 1 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

53.334a

Medium or Technique

Metal; gilded bronze (93.3% copper, 3.7% lead, 3% tin, trace of zinc)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork