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Altar Angel

Date:
ca. 1275–1300
Geography:
Made in Artois, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Oak with traces of paint
Dimensions:
29 × 7 5/8 × 7 1/2 in. (73.7 × 19.4 × 19 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Wood
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1952
Accession Number:
52.33.2
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
This elegant elongated figure originally stood atop a tall column that supported rods for curtains that shielded the sacred area of the altar. The angel originally was painted in rich colors and gilded, and probably once held either a candlestick or an object associated with the suffering of Jesus. Large wings once graced the figure.
George Brauer, Florence ; Octave Homberg 1844–1907, Paris ; Joseph Homberg, Paris (sold 1952)
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