Head of a King, Limestone, French

Head of a King

ca. 1220–30
Made in Mantes, France
Overall: 12 1/4 x 9 13/16 x 9 3/8 in. (31.1 x 24.9 x 23.8 cm)
Pin only: 3 1/16 x 13/16 in. (7.7 x 2 cm)
Height with pin: 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This and a similar head in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, both come from the same series of kings on the façade of the collegiate church of Notre-Dame, Mantes. The series of nearly life-size kings originally adorned the upper galleries of the façade.
From the collegiate church of Notre-Dame, Mantes, northern France; [ E. Simon, Beauvais]; [ Lucien J. Demotte, Paris and New York (ca. 1925)]; [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York]; Louisine W. Havemeyer, New York (until 1929)
Rorimer, James J. "Forgeries of Medieval Stone Sculpture." Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 6th ser., 26 (1944). p. 199-203, fig. 7, 8.

Hoving, Thomas. "'The Game of Duplicity,' Art Forgery." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 26, no. 6 (February 1968). p. 244, fig. 4.

Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. no. 19, pp. 58-60.