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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Dates/Places: French
Creator Name-CRT: From the Abbey of Saint-Martin-de-Savigny (now destroyed), near Lyon
Title: Portion of a Pilaster Capital with an Acrobat
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1150
Creation End Date: 1170
Creation Date: ca. 1150?1170
Creation Place: From the Abbey of Saint-Martin-de-Savigny (now destroyed), near Lyon
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Limestone
Dimensions: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm), W. 9 in. (22.9 cm), D. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Description: Carved on the corner of what appears to have been the capital from a pilaster (projecting pier), a youthful acrobat contorts his body into a reverse arc. As if springing out from an acanthus background, the acrobat clutches his ankle with his chin touching the ground. Musicians and acrobats often appear in manuscripts and sculptures of the eleventh and twelfth century, amusing reminders of the world beyond the walls of the church or monastery.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 47.101.25
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, Purchase, 1947
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.47.101.25
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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