|Her name is not known - a companion of, or a saint herself? What do you think her expression is saying?|
There are little doors in the tops of their heads through with the bones of the saints were taken in and out. The Dreamstress wrote an article all about them here.
But are they not lovely? Made c. 1520-30 in possibly Belgium, these busts are carved from oak, then painted and gilded. Most of the time these gals were chillin' in near the altar inside the church, but on important feast days the were paraded through the streets.
The Met has three that appear to all go together, and a fourth in the same style, but with an ornamental stand at the bottom of the bust. They are all exquisitely beautiful and captivating...
|Noted as a companion of Saint Ursula|
|Her name is not noted in the Met website|