With a water flask slung over its shoulder, this figure may represent Joseph on the Flight into Egypt or the apostle James the Great, patron saint of pilgrims. In this period, niches with figures of pilgrims ornamented the pilgrimage routes. The extensive use of the drill and the swirling drapery pattern are hallmarks of sculpture produced in Lucca around 1200.
[ Antonio Salvadori, Florence (until 1928)] ; [ Amedeo Riccardi and Livio Bruschi, Florence (1928–sold 1957)]
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Artist: Attributed to the Master of Santa Maria la Bianca (Italian, active late 12th–early 13th century) Date: ca. 1200Medium: Marble (Carrara marble) with lead and serpentine inlayAccession: 47.101.19On view in:Gallery 3