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Head of a King

ca. 1180
Made in possibly Amiens, Picardy, France
Overall: 13 x 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (33 x 21.6 x 26 cm) weight: 38lb. (17.2kg)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Analysis of the limestone of this head points to Amiens as a possible origin. Stylistically, it appears to date about half a century earlier than the sculptural works of the great cathedral there. It may be from a major, but as yet unidentified, portal in or near Amiens.
[ Lucien J. Demotte, Paris and New York]; Louisine W. Havemeyer, New York (until 1929)
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Sauerländer, Willibald. "Review of 'The Year 1200,' a Centennial exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. February 12-May 10, 1970." The Art Bulletin 53, no. 4 (December 1971). p. 509.

Songs of Glory: Medieval Art from 900 to 1500. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Museum of Art, 1985. no. 15, pp. 94-95.

Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. no. 20, pp. 61-62.

Maxwell, Robert A. "Le goût pour la sculpture romane de Parthenay: Les collectionneurs américains et la redécouverte de l'art du XIIe siècle." In L'âge roman: Arts et culture en Poitou et dans les pays charentais, Xe-XIIe, edited by Pascale Brudy, and Anne Benéteau Péan. Montreuil: Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2011. p. 272.

Maxwell, Robert A. "Accounting for Taste: American Collectors and Twelfth-Century French Sculpture." Journal of the History of Collections 27, no. 3 (November 2015). p. 396.

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