Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bust of Christ crowned with thorns

mid–late 17th century
Italian, probably Milan
Overall: 2 15/16 x 2 5/16 x 11/16 in. (7.4 x 6 x 1.8 cm); 74.3 x 59.5 x 17.7 mm
Lapidary Work-Gems
Credit Line:
The Milton Weil Collection, 1939
Accession Number:
Not on view
The red iron-oxide specks that occur in heliotrope, or bloodstone, a dark green varietal form of jasper that was much favored in Milan, encouraged the artist to evoke droplets of blood.
Milton Weil (until 1938; to MMA)
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