Bust of Saint Marguerite in sculpted lindenwood, back hollowed. The head of the young saint holds a high crown posed on her long curling hair, and she is dressed in a robe with a V-shaped collar belted under her chest, and with a coat a fold of which runs under the right forearm. She embodies the feminine ideal of the late gothic period, with a high curving forehead, a small mouth, and a pointed chin. At her side the dragon who could
not digest her – more literally she is swallowed and pierces the beast’s belly
to escape unscathed – shows its gaping maw. Work of Swabia (Allgäu?), around 1460/1470. Lacking the right index finger, minor restorations to the nose and to her hands.
H 45.7 cm (18 inches), W 31.7 cm (12 ½ in.)
Provenance: private collection, Germany