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Marble. Robed figure holds book in left hand (2 fingers broken) & lily tipped staff at side in right. Curly beard & long hair. On elliptical base, toes broken at edge.


1936, Demotte, Paris; September 16, 1936, sold by Demotte to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P13101); 1948, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $7500. (Accession Date: March 11, 1948)

Credit Line

1948 Purchase Fund

Italian (possibly Florence or Naples), Renaissance, about 1550

Object Place

Florence, Italy


Overall: 167.6cm (66in.) Diameter and weight: 432.3 kg (953 lb.) Block (Heavy steel pallet / three steel clips secure object to pallet): 10.2 x 58.4 x 68.6 cm (4 x 23 x 27 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble