French / Column Figure of a Nimbed King / ca. 1150-1170French
Column Figure of a Nimbed King
ca. 1150-1170

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Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Name-CRT: French
Title: Column Figure of a Nimbed King
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Creation Start Date: 1150
Creation End Date: 1170
Creation Date: ca. 1150-1170
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture-stone
Materials and Techniques: Limestone
Dimensions: H. 45 1/4 in. (115 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 20.157
Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1920

The royal abbey of Saint-Denis, now a suburb of Paris, housed the shrine of the national saint, possessed many of the regalia of the kings of France, and served as their burial site. Under the energetic Abbot Suger (1122-1151), the early abbey was rebuilt in a new style hailed in the Middle Ages as "the French style" and subsequently called Gothic. This column figure of an Old Testament king is the only complete statue to survive from the now destroyed cloister, originally constructed shortly after the death of Abbot Suger. A new pictorial approach to sculpture is evident in this carving: the standing figure is integral to the cylindrical column. The bejeweled crown and nimbus distinguish the royal and saintly nature of the figure. His identity may once have been inscribed upon the scroll that he holds, now broken.

AMICA ID: MMA_.20.157
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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