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Description The saint has a bland expression and wears a pronounced tonsure. Apparently balding, he has an incomplete circle of hair; only a forelock remains in the center of his forehead. The long neck suggests that the head may have been intended for insertion into a torso. The mouth has been painted, and there is a small hole in the head for a nimbus. The head was drilled at a later date and cut to form a whistle, which can be hung by means of the silver acanthus-leaf mount inserted into the crown of the head.
Provenance Owned by Léon Gruel, Paris; William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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18th century
ivory, silver mount
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 1 1/2 x W: 2 1/2 in. (3.8 x 6.4 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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