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Head of a Bearded Man

Date:
ca. 1160–70
Geography:
Made in Saint-Denis, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 5 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 4in. (15 x 12 x 10.1cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Atkins and Levy Hermanos Foundation Inc. Gifts, and funds from various donors, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.97
  • Description

    This finely carved head comes from the lintel of the north transept portal (Porte des Valois) of the abbey church, which depicted the martyrdom of Saint Denis, France's patron saint. Although the portal was carved 1160-70, it was erected in its present location in the thirteenth century. Parts of it were damaged in the wake of the French Revolution. The close stylistic resemblance to the column figure from the cloister (displayed nearby) suggests that both were products of the same workshop.

  • Provenance

    From the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis; Private Collection, Saint-Denis; [ Charles Rattonand Guy Ladrière, Paris]; [ Hôtel Drouot, Paris (sold to Les Enluminure ca. 1994)]; [ Les Enluminures, Paris (ca. 1994–sold 1999)]

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