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Statuette - The Virgin and Child

The Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Siegburg (made)

  • Date:

    15th to 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pipeclay

  • Museum number:

    1580-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette is by an unknown artist from the late 15th century from Siegburg, Germany and represents the Virgin standing with the Infant Christ on her right arm. With her left hand she holds a rosary, which the Child is also grasping. The figures are surrounded by a glory.

It is made of pipeclay, which is a fine white clay also 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

The Virgin standing with the Infant Christ on her right arm; with her left hand she holds a rosary, which the Child is also grasping. The figures are surrounded by a glory.

Place of Origin

Siegburg (made)

Date

15th to 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pipeclay

Dimensions

Height: 8.89 cm

Object history note

Bought from the Thewalt Collection.

Historical context note

Siegburg was a centre of ceramic production with well-organised workshops and kilns in which pipeclay figures were also fired.

Descriptive line

Statuette, pipeclay, the Virgin and Child, Germany, Siegburg, 15th or 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. 269

Materials

Pipeclay

Subjects depicted

Rosary

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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