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St Christopher holding the Christ Child: M.5-1943

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St Christopher holding the Christ Child


Unknown (Sculptor)


Wood, carved almost completely in the round, gessoed, and polychromed, with remnants of extensive gilidng. St Christopher, bearded, wearing a long mantle over his short tunic, wades into a stream, which covers his left foot. His right foot rests on a rock, and both legs are bare. His mantle is fastened on his chest by a large clasp. The Christ child is seated astride the saint's shoulders, the left foot being held by the saint's left hand. The child's right arm and left hand together with the saint's right hand are lost. There is a large iron nail in the stream. The reverse is painted opaque pale blue and has the remains of a fixing. The pedestal was made separately from the figure.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Sigismund Goetze

Measurements and weight

Depth: 12.5 cm
Height: 60.2 cm
Width: 21.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Antwerp ⪼ Flanders

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Goetze, Constance, Mrs


Early 16th Century
Production date: circa CE 1500

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Part: composed of gold paint Without Base: Height 51.5 cm

Materials used in production

Wood (plant material) Paint

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, carved in the round, polychromed, and gilded

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1943
Primary reference Number: 30153
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_5_1943
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 March 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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