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Figure of Christ from a Deposition Group

Date:
ca. 1125–50
Culture:
British (?)
Medium:
Copper alloy, gilt
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 5/16 x 3 9/16 x 7/8 in. (11 x 9.1 x 2.3 cm)
As Deposition Group: 4 13/16 x 3 9/16 x 7/8 in. (12.3 x 9.1 x 2.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.768
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This group probably originates from a reliquary chasse or altarpiece. The English attribution is based upon comparisons with excavated metalwork and manuscript illuminations. Most English metalwork was melted down as a result of the break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and the rise of Puritanism in the 1600s.
Émile Molinier, Paris (sold to Morgan, unknown date); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Stoddard, Whitney S. Monastery and Cathedral in France: Medieval Architecture, Sculpture, Stained Glass, Manuscripts, the Art of the Church Treasuries. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1966. pp. 387–88, fig. 433.

Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 13, p. 10.

State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 13, pp. 34-35.

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