Figure of a King

South Netherlandish

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 08

The identity of this idealized young king is unknown because the attribute he once held in his hands has been lost. He may have represented the youngest of the Three Magi, who enjoyed particular veneration as early witnesses of Christ's divinity. Stylistic similarities with sculptures preserved at leau and Ypres suggest that the figure was made in the South Lowlands.

Figure of a King, Oak, paint, gilt, South Netherlandish

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