1 July 1997
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
A parcel-gilt polychrome carved wooden figure of a pope
South German, first half 15th century
On an integrally carved plinth; the reverse unfinished and embedded with an iron loop.
The polychromy distressed; worming; the right hand lacking; other minor damages.
20½ in. (52.1 cm.) high
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