33 1/16 x 22 7/16 x 6 5/16 in. (84 x 57 x 16.1 cm)
Master of the Tiffen Altarpiece or Studio
German; made in Carinthia (now Austria)
Medium and Support:
Bertha Buswell Bequest
Location: Currently on view
As the first historical bishop of the Church, Saint Peter is often represented as a figure of ecclesiastical authority. Here, he wears the full regalia of a bishop, including tiara, alb, and stole. He sits on a simple horizontal throne with a book, most likely the Gospels, open in his lap. In his left hand he holds a key, his standard attribute or identifying characteristic. He raises his right hand in the traditional sign of blessing.
Despite the high relief of the carving, the sculpture itself is extremely shallow. It was probably the center part of a medium-sized altarpiece with painted or carved wings showing scenes from Saint Peter’s life.
[Gallery label text, June 2013]