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Statuette - St Sebastian

St Sebastian

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    second half of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Boxwood

  • Museum number:

    A.539-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette is from the Salting bequest. George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909) - an Australian, who settled in England - was a prolific collector in a number of areas, including Chinese and Japanese ceramics and European art. By 1874 his collection had outgrown his residence in St. James's Street, prompting him to lend items to the South Kensington Museum. After his death in 1909, the majority of this astonishing collection passed to the V&A, where it was shown in its own galleries.

Physical description

The Saint naked, except for a flowing loin cloth, stands bound to the trunk of a tree.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

second half of 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Boxwood

Dimensions

Height: 17.14 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Statuette, boxwood, St Sebastian, Germany, second half of 16th century

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 87

Materials

Boxwood

Subjects depicted

Tree

Categories

Christianity; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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