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Statuette - Child Christ

Child Christ

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pipeclay

  • Museum number:

    1461-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette is made in the 16th century in Germany by an unknown artist.

The statuette represents a nude standing figure of the Infant Christ, with a rosary round his neck and an orb in his left hand. The figure stands on a square base decorated with scrolls.

It is made of pipeclay, which is a fine white clay used to make tobacco pipes and pottery. Conveniently situated on a major trading route, Siegburg was a centre of ceramic production with well-organised workshops and kilns in which also pipe-clay figures were fired.

Physical description

Nude standing figure with a rosary round the neck and an orb in the left hand; on a square base decorated with scrolls.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pipeclay

Dimensions

Height: 11.75 cm

Object history note

Dug up near Cologne. Bought, 5s.

Descriptive line

Statuette, pipeclay, the Infant Christ, Germany, 16th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1903, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1907, p. 250

Production Note

Germany - Siegburg

Materials

Pipeclay

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Rosary

Categories

Christianity; Religion; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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