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Relief - Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    15th century (made)

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    In Storage

This thick heavy panel is from the side of a tomb. It is divided into three compartments , which are separated by vertical mouldings. The compartment of the Virgin and Child is wider than the other two and may therefore originally have been the cntral panel of five. The crowned Virgin, wearing a tight fitting gown and a cloak over her shoulders and knees, is enthroned on the left. She holds the Christ Child with her right hand. He looks up at her face as he stands on her knee with his left leg bent. His right foot rests on the back of the throne. He wears a loose gown and holds in his left hand a bird, probably a goldfinch, symbolic of Christ's Passion. They other panels contain depictions of St Margaret and an unidentified female saint.

Physical description

The panel is divided into three compartments to the left, the crowned Virgin is seated- the Child standing on her right knee holding the bird in his left hand; in the middle the crowned figure of St. Margaret stands holding a book (damaged) in her right hand, which her left (missing) holds the lance with which she spears the dragon at her feet, to the right a third figure of a saint, holding her emblem (broke away) in her left hand. Chipped and broken at base. Traces of colour.

Place of Origin

England (made)


15th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 53 cm, Width: 59.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mrs G. Leverton Harris for £150. Formerly in the Angel Inn, at Marchfield, Gloucestershire.

Descriptive line

Carved alabaster relief depicting the Virgin and Child, with St Margaret, English, 15th century




Reliefs; Sculpture; Religion; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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