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Head of a King

ca. 1230–35
13 1/2 × 11 5/8 × 11 5/8 in. (34.3 × 29.6 × 29.5 cm) Other (weight): 57lb. (25.9kg)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This noble bearded head of a king is a striking example of the courtly style associated with the reign of Louis IX (1226–70). The elegant curves of the hair and the finely carved lines of the face attest to an artisan of great skill. The head probably belonged to a column figure decorating one of the major Parisian churches.
Probably from the west facade, Portal of the Virgin, Notre-Dame, Paris.; Wagner, Orléans, France; Henri Petit, Paris; Malfay, Paris; [ Raphael Stora, New York (about 1923?)]; [ S. DurlacherLondon and New York]; Arthur Sachs, Cambridge, Mass. (sold 1943); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1943–sold 1947)]
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