Catherine II (Catherine the Great)

Date:
late 18th–early 19th century
Culture:
Russian, Kholmogory
Medium:
Walrus ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 1/2 × 2 3/16 in. (6.3 × 5.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Gift of the Humanities Fund Incorporated, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.145.36
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
Forms a pair of profile portraits of Russian czars along with 1972.145.37, Peter the Great. Kholmogory, a settlement at the mouth of the Northern Dvina River possessed a thriving ivory- and bone-carving industry using the by-products of the hunting and whaling activities at nearby Archangelsk.
Boris A. Bakhmeteff , New York (until d. 1951) ; Humanities Fund, Inc., New York (1951–72; to MMA)