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Statuette - St Paul

St Paul

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, perhaps Venice, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580 - ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Museum number:

    214-1867

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, room 111, case 9, shelf 2 []

This is an ivory statuette made in ca. 1580-1600, probably in Italy, perhaps Venice. It represents St. Paul wearing a long robe and mantle, leaning on a tall sword and holding a closed book in the left hand. He wears a beard, and his head is tonsured. This and its accompanying piece representing St. Peter (V&A Mus. no. 215-1867) could have originally formed part of a monstrance or other liturgical item, analogous to an Augsburg work in Zagreb Cathedral.

Physical description

Statuette in ivory of St. Paul, standing, wearing a long robe and mantle, leaning on a tall sword and holding a closed book in the left hand. He wears a beard, and his head is tonsured.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, perhaps Venice, made)
France (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1580 - ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm, Width: 2 1/4 in

Object history note

Bought from the Webb Collection for £22 in 1867. Formerly in the Fould Collection (Sale, Paris, 4 June 1860, lot No.1843).

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory, St. Paul, probably Italian, perhaps Venice, ca. 1580-1600

Materials

Ivory

Subjects depicted

St. Paul; Book; Sword

Categories

Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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