Limestone Head of Joseph


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

This engaging head can be linked to the decoration of the celebrated choir screen of the cathedral at Chartres. The stone screen, erected about 1230 and dismantled in 1763, originally stood at the choir entrance, separating the clergy from the congregation. It was decorated with narrative scenes of the early life of Jesus. This head belongs to the figure of Joseph, the carpenter and spouse of Mary, in the Nativity relief.

Limestone Head of Joseph, Limestone with traces of polychromy, French

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