Overall: 9 5/8 x 6 3/4 x 7 9/16 in. (24.5 x 17.2 x 19.2 cm)
Overall (with base): 16 1/4 x 5 11/16 x 7 9/16 in. (41.3 x 14.5 x 19.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1947
Not on view
The identity of this remarkably realistic portrait is not known, but the shaved head (tonsure) indicates that a priest or a monk is represented. The supposed Moyenmoutier origin and similar sculptures in Basel and the Upper Rhine region suggest a creative, itinerant carver working in eastern France.
Said to have come from the Benedictine Abbey of Moyenmoutier (Vosges); [ M. Tedesch, Paris]; Raphael Stora, Paris and New York (sold 1947)
Müller, Theodor. Sculpture in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1966. p. 85, pl. 97B.
Hair: Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, June 10 to August 17, 1980. Washington, DC: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1980. p. 10.
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. 59, pp. 141-142.
Wixom, William D. "Set in Stone. New York." The Burlington Magazine 148, no. 1245 (December 2006). p. 876, fig. 88.
Artist: Attributed to Claus de Werve (Netherlandish, active in France, ca. 1380–1439, active Burgundy, 1396–ca. 1439)Date: ca. 1415–17Medium: Limestone with paint and gildingAccession: 33.23On view in:Gallery 305