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Culture:French; Dordogne
Title:St. Peter
Date Made:12th century 2nd quarter
Place Made:France; Aquitaine; Dordogne; Sarlat-la-Caneda
Measurements:overall: 33 5/8 x 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.; 85.4075 x 32.385 x 19.685 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 1937.12.1
Credit Line:Purchased with the Tryon Fund
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

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standing bearded man in long robe and hat, proper right hand raised, proper left holding robe edge; religion - Christian; man

Label Text:
Saint Peter can be identified here by the key that he holds, one of the “keys to the kingdom of heaven” entrusted to him by Christ. The flat, block-like forms and linear surface patterns of the carving reflect the Romanesque style of the twelfth century.

The figure was once part of a group of nine sculptures that comprised a scene of the ascension of Christ into heaven following his resurrection from the dead. Recent scientific analysis has determined that the sculptures, probably made for a church doorway, were carved from a type of limestone quarried near the town of Sarlat (Dordogne region), in south-central France.

men; religion; Christianity

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