Two polychromed and gilded reliquary busts, Italy late 17th century

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Two similar carved wood reliquary busts with the original polychrome and gilt decoration, each in the form of a portrait bust of a Roman youth with long, wavy hair secured with a gilded band, the draped robes also gilded. Each also carved with an oval cavity, retaining traces of red paint, in which would have been placed a holy relic.

HEIGHT: 9 3/4 in. (25 cm)
WIDTH: 6in. (15 cm)
DEPTH: 5 1/4 in (13 cm)

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