Head of a Cleric from a Tomb Effigy

Date: 1450–60

Geography: Made in France

Culture: French

Medium: Red sandstone

Dimensions: Overall: 9 5/8 x 6 3/4 x 7 9/16 in. (24.5 x 17.2 x 19.2 cm)
Overall (with base): 16 1/4 x 5 11/16 x 7 9/16 in. (41.3 x 14.5 x 19.2 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Stone

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1947

Accession Number: 47.42


Although the sitter is not known, he is represented with the distinct individuality of a portrait, from the pulsing vein on his forehead to his deeply meditative mien. The red sandstone, like that used at Strasbourg, establishes a link to eastern France.