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ID number:  BIRBI-48.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Italian
Title / Object name:  A female saint
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Siena
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  15th century
Materials:  Marble
Measurements:  50.3 cm high
Provenance:  Purchased from F. Partridge & Sons, July 1948, for £475

This gracefully swaying figure, whose eyes are raised to heaven, wears a wimpled head-dress that frames her head. She once held a martyr’s palm branch in her right hand, and probably a book in her left. The sculpture has been little studied, but has always been regarded as Sienese, and is believed to date from the decades around 1500. It was perhaps originally part of a larger altarpiece or tomb monument.

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