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Statuette - The Infant Christ

The Infant Christ

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pipeclay

  • Museum number:

    1482-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette represents the nude standing figure of the Infant Christ, with a rosary round the neck, a veil over his head and an orb in the left hand.

It is from the 16th century by an unknown artist and was dug up near Cologne in Germany among other objects.

The material is pipeclay, 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 pipe-clay figures were also fired.

Physical description

Nude standing figure of the Infant Christ with a rosary round the neck, a veil over the head and an orb in the left hand.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pipeclay

Dimensions

Height: 13.33 cm

Object history note

Dug up near Cologne. Bought, 5s.

Descriptive line

Statuette, pipeclay, nude standing figure of the Infant Christ, Germany (Siegburg), 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. 252

Materials

Pipeclay

Subjects depicted

Veil; Figure; Rosary

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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