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Lintel with Samson and Delilah
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Lintel with Samson and Delilah

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Description The roundels of this stone lintel show, on the left, Samson killing the lion, and, on the right, Delilah holding a flower, a reference to her role as the flirtatious temptress and seducer of Samson. The relief is from a doorway in the wealthy medieval town of Cluny, famous for its Benedictine monastery, which was the largest in the world at one time. Many of the town's houses were decorated with carved capitals and lintels, like this one.
Date Description Narrative
4/24/1974Treatmentcleaned; coated; repaired
Provenance Abbey of Cluny (?), Cluny, ca. 1850 [sketched by Jean-Claude Barat]; in situ 10 rue de la Barre, Cluny [in undated photograph]; Mme. Jacques Bacri, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, October 13, 1971, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1971

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mid 12th century (Medieval)
limestone with traces of red and blue paint
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H: 23 7/8 x W: 57 1/8 x D: 9 5/8 in. (60.7 x 145.1 x 24.5 cm)


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