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Unknown, German

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, ca. 1470-1500
German Sculpture, made in Swabia
Lindenwood
29 5/16 x 8 7/16 x 7 1/16 in. (74.5 x 21.5 x 18 cm), overall

Bequest of Elizabeth Stebbins in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Sibley,  57.7

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was Queen of Thuringia in the early 1200s. She was an advocate of the poor and gave herself entirely to serving the hungry, weak and feeble. She distributed alms in all parts of her royal territory, even giving royal robes and ornaments to the poor. In order to care personally for the unfortunate, she built a hospital and visited the inmates daily to attend to their needs. In art, she is frequently shown carrying a loaf of bread and a jug of wine, references to her devotion to feeding the hungry.

[Gallery label text, June 2013]