Large head of a man with beard

Sculpture 17th century

France, probably early 17th century. 36 X 25 X 27 cm without base, 46 cm base on a very beautiful base consisting of a thick steel blade and a rod on which a retainer allows the head to be detached from the support.

Carved out of very fine-grained limestone, this  head of aging man, despite numerous accidents and too much cleaning, retains a plastic beauty that questions us…
Is it a Saint torn from the portal of a church during revolutionary destruction? Of a knight whose assurance of his strength reinforces the deep kindness that emanates from it ?
Perhaps a Saint Pierre, whose many human faults meant he wore the first triple crown …
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