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Saint James as a pilgrim
  • France
  • Saint James as a pilgrim, early 1500s
  • Where object was made: Champagne or the Duchy of Lorraine (present-day France)
  • limestone, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 102.9 x 33.3 x 26.4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 1/2 x 13 1/8 x 10 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase through The Kansas University Endowment Association
  • On view: Loo Gallery, 401, C1
  • 1956.0034
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Figure, identified as Saint James, is dressed as a pilgrim returning from his own shrine at Compostela. He wears a large hat with a cockleshell and crossed knives on the brim and carries a staff from which hand a rosary and a pilgrim's flask. A heavy mantle covers his knee-length belted cote, and his feet are shod in sandals. The continuing importance of the apostle's relics in Compostela and the number of confraternities dedicated to the saint probably account for the number of images of him that were carved during the later Middle Ages.