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Judith with the head of Holofernes

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Flemish (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 - ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Boxwood

  • Museum number:

    A.39-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This group represents Judith, who is carrying the head of Holofernes together with another woman. It is Flemish made in ca. 1550-1600.
    Judith, a rich and beautiful Jewish widow, was the heroine of the Jews planning and carrying out the assassination of the Assyrian general Holofernes who's army was besieging the Jewish city of Bethulia. She approached Holofernes pretending to be a traitor to her city. When he attempted to seduce her she decapitated him, and in the confusion the Assyrians fled. Her image is used to symbolise Humility, and Virtue overcoming Vice.
    The scene here represents the triumph of Virtue over Vice.

  • Object history note

    From a redundant loan (ex Maclean Loan No. 1), written on.

  • Descriptive line

    Statuette, boxwood, 'Judith with the head of Holofernes', Flemish, made about 1550-1600

  • Collection code

    Sculpture Collection