Saint Savina of Troyes or Saint Syra, Limestone with paint, French

Saint Savina of Troyes or Saint Syra

Date:
1510–20
Geography:
Made in Champagne, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Limestone with paint
Dimensions:
Overall (without pedestal): 48 3/8 x 15 x 11 1/2 in. (122.9 x 38.1 x 29.2 cm)
Base (stone pedestal): 29 1/4 x 17 3/8 x 14 1/8 in. (74.3 x 44.1 x 35.9 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.750
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305
The early Christian saints Savina and Syra were both venerated in Champagne, where they were similarly represented as youthful pilgrims, with characteristic hat, staff, and bag. Both often hold open books, as well as palms, though only Savina was a martyr. This example is close to several sculptures still in churches in the Troyes region, particularly to one believed to be Saint Syra in Rigny-le-Ferron.
J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)