2 December 1997
A CARVED WOODEN BUST OF A SOLDIER
Probably Austrian, first half 17th century
On an integrally carved socle; the reverse unfinished.
Extensive traces of polychromy; cracks; worming; losses; restorations.
24¼ in. (61.5 cm.) high
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