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.
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