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Fragment of a Figure

ca. 1225
Made in probably Lucca, Tuscany, Central Italy
Marble (Carrara marble)
Overall: 31 3/4 x 13 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (80.6 x 35.2 x 19.4 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1957
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 03
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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