Head of an Apostle


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 08

With its curly hair and furrowed brow, this arresting head bears comparison with the prophets on the central portal of the west facade of Strasbourg Cathedral, which was carved a generation after the Virgin (47.101.11) displayed in this gallery. The red sandstone is typical for that region. Although the head certainly belonged to a column figure, it is unknown whether it was part of the sculptural program of Strasbourg Cathedral or of another church in that city.

Head of an Apostle, Sandstone, German

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