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Bust of an Apostle

Date:
ca. 1120–30
Geography:
Made in Meuse Valley
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Copper, gilding
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 13/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 1/2 in. (14.8 x 10.9 x 3.8 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.792
  • Description

    Although this bust has lost its once-splendid gilding, its handsome sculptural quality is still apparent. It was one of a group of the twelve apostles created for the shrine of Saint Walburg in Groningen, the Netherlands. Situated near the North Sea, the city was a prosperous trade center. This group was among a large hoard of fragments found in 1911. It included busts of apostles and reliefs of Christ in Majesty and of the Adoration of the Magi. These are now in the museum in Groningen.

  • Provenance

    J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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