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Sculptural Fragment of a Bearded Head - PF.2097
Origin: Central Europe
Circa: 600 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 1.5" (3.8cm) high x 1.5" (3.8cm) wide
Collection: Medieval
Style: Medieval
Medium: Marble


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Very probably, this powerful little head represents the bearded Christ, though it also resembles several known emperor portraits. Carved from fine marble, it makes a strong impression through use of a few simple lines. We can only wonder at the larger work of which it was once part. Like Europe during the Middle Ages, it offers only a tantalizing clue to its former grandeur. We can appreciate its beauty, but we are left with a lingering sense of melancholy for what has vanished. - (PF.2097)

 

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