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Statuette of Saint John

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Hollow standing figure on a thin hatched base with two pairs of rivets in the back of the head and an iron pin in the base; finished more simply in back. Body comprising many pieces (about 3 mm. thick) cut, hammered, soldered, and engraved; head and neck (one piece) hammered and chased; hands solid...

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Richard von Kaufmann (b. 1849 - d. 1908), Berlin; December 4, 1917, Kaufmann sale, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, lot 421, sold for 9,500 M. March 5, 1929, anonymous ("v. B." collection) sale, Rudolf Lepke, Berlin, lot 220. 1950, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1950, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $2,500 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 12, 1950) NOTES: [1] The MFA acquired accession nos. 50.2, 50.3, and 50.4 together.

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Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Lower Rhineland, Medieval (Gothic), about 1475

Object Place

Lower Rhine, Germany


12.06 x 4.1 x 3.2 cm (4 3/4 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Metal; silver (various pieces: 93.1-97.7% silver, 1-2.5% copper, .8-1.5% gold, up to 3.1% lead)