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Seated King, Probably Herod

ca. 1300–1350
Made in Meuse Valley, Netherlands
South Netherlandish
Overall: 18 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 3 11/16 in. (47.6 x 15.6 x 9.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
Said to have come from the convent of the Beguines of Namur in Belgium, this sculpture was carved by craftsmen who also worked for royal patrons in Paris. The figure’s crossed legs, often seen in representations of Herod commanding the Massacre of the Innocents, are seen as a sign of disrespect.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr.(until 1925)
Forsyth, William Holmes. "A Group of Fourteenth-Century Mosan Sculptures." Metropolitan Museum Journal 1 (1968). pp. 50-59, fig. 18.

Ostoia, Vera K. The Middle Ages: Treasures from the Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1969. no. 73, pp. 160-161, 258.

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