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Male Saint

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (north, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1610 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved boxwood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 3, shelf 2

When planning a new work, the sculptor usually made preliminary drawings and then a model. The models sometimes formed part of his contract with the patron. They could be rough or detailed, large or small, and were made in clay, terracotta, wood and wax. This was probably a model for a large alabaster sculpture, which again could have formed part of an altarpiece or rood loft.

Physical description

Statuette of carved boxwood, an unidentified male Saint holding a book (perhaps St John the Evangelist).

Place of Origin

Netherlands (north, made)


ca. 1610 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved boxwood


Height: 10 in, Width: 4.5 in

Object history note

Bought, £4 4s. 2d.

Historical context note

This figure may have served as a model for a statue in marble or alabaster which could have formed part of an altarpiece or rood loft.

Descriptive line

Statuette, carved boxwood, of an unidentified male Saint, North Netherlandish, ca. 1610

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, M: ,Spanish Sculpture. Catalogue of the Post-Medieval Spanish Sculpture in wood, Terracotta, Alabaster, Marble, Stone, Lead and Jet in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996, rejected attributions, p. 172
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1864 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 70
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 14, pl. 5

Production Note

Perhaps St John the Evangelist






Sculpture; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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