Bust of bishop

German sculptor
16th century, polychrome wood

From the few traces of colour still visible on the face and the draping of the cloth, we can see that the work was once a polychrome. Its size suggests that it might be part of a set of sculptures for the altar, whilst the irregular cut at bust-height would lend weight to the theory that the portrayal of the holy bishop was, in all likelihood, originally full-figure.