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Lower part of a holy Bishop in limestone from Caen carved in the round. Blade with an ornamental band of four leaves, dalmatic bordered with four leaves in crosses and fringed chasuble decorated with a band of orphreys alternating fleurons with four cut-out limbs and stylized lion mittens; shoes with sharp ends and a crooked shaft with a point. Slice of the sculpture with an oval tenon. Good quality workmanship.Basse-Normandie, Cotentin, ca. 1400Height: 56 cm - Width: 34 cm - Depth: 19 cm(fragment, small accidents and erosion)The ornamental theme of the orphreys with its alternating lion heads and fleurons can be found on the Vierge du Luot (Manche) as well as on another Norman Virgin from a private collection (fig.). This seems to be one of the characteristics of Cotentin sculpture. It has also been brought to light by the curator of antiquities and objets d'art Elisabeth Marie that a certain number of statues of bishops of the region - in the image of the saintMartin de Vernix - are made from the outset by assembling several parts (head, upper part of the body and lower part). The almond-shaped tenon visible here is therefore not the result of sawing the sculpture, but is a witness to the ancient assembly.Works consulted: B. Béranger-Menand, Histoire et création artistique,La statuaire médiévale en Normandie occidentale, La Vierge à l'Enfant,XIIIe-XVIe siècle, Collection patrimoine, 2004, Tome I: p.157-161; Tome 2: p.53, p.330-332; Exposition Saint-Lô 2005/2006, Du chisel du sculpteur au sourire des saints, sculpture gothique de la Manche (XIIIe-XIVe siècle), musée des Beaux-Arts, cat. pp. 154-158, 190, 194-195.

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