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Statuette of Saint John

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Standing figure with pins for attachment inserted in the base. Solid cast in one piece, chiseled and mercury gilded. John, with short curly hair and his head tilted back slightly, stands in a similar pose, wearing a gown with standing collar below which his feet are visible. A cloak slung over...

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Private collection, Vienna [see note 1]. 1952, Blumka Gallery New York; 1952, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $250 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: February 14, 1952) NOTES: [1] According to the curatorial recommendation for purchase by Georg Swarzenski (February 14, 1952). [2] The MFA acquired accession nos. 52.59 and 52.60 together.

Credit Line

Seth Kettell Sweetser Fund

South German (?), Medieval (Gothic), about 1500

Object Place

Rhineland, Germany


4.5 x 1.4 x 1.1 cm (1 3/4 x 9/16 x 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded latten (80.3% copper, 16.2% zinc, 1.9% lead, 1.6% tin)