ENVIRONS DE BOURGES MILIEU DU XIIIe SIÈCLE
HEAD OF PRELATE MITRE
Limestone with traces of polychromy
Top of double voussoir
H. 31 cm, W. 22 cm
- Gilles Bresset
This double voussoir element presents, at the junction of the acute-angled arches, a highly stylized face of a prelate bearing a triangular bolster with a rim and beaded discs showing traces of red polychromy. The triangular face is also highly expressive, accentuated by the large, exorbitant eyes. A study of the stone by Mrs. Annie
Blanc indicates a probable Provenance in the old Charly quarries 45 kilometers southeast of Bourges.
The angle and the shape of the ribs of the vaults, as well as the shape of the mitre point to a dating around the middle of the 13th century.
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