French; Paris / Head of an Angel (?) / ca. 1250French; Paris
Head of an Angel (?)
ca. 1250

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Dates/Places: French; Paris
Creator Active Place: Paris, France
Creator Name-CRT: French; Paris
Title: Head of an Angel (?)
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1240
Creation End Date: 1260
Creation Date: ca. 1250
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Limestone, with traces of polychromy
Dimensions: H. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Description: Beauty and tenderness mark the irresistible appeal of this angelic head, which possesses both a precociousness and a playfulness rarely seen in High Gothic sculpture. The deeply undercut elastic and cascading locks of hair; the suggestive, tight-lipped smile; and the refinement of the surface help place the work at the forefront of Parisian Gothic sculpture, about the middle of the thirteenth century. The style of the sculpture and the type of limestone used suggest that this head comes from Notre-Dame of Paris, probably from its choir screen.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1990.132
Credit Line: Purchase, Michel David-Weill Gift, 1990
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1990.132
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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