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Statuette - The Virgin and Child

The Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Sri Lanka (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1690 - ca. 1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory and alabaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh F.S.A. in 1927

  • Museum number:

    A.59-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory statuette, representing the Virgin and Child, bears analogies with Cingalo-Portuguese (Sri Lanka) works, and is likely to date from the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century.
Ivory sculptures were produced in large numbers in Portuguese Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon).
From the sixteenth century onwards, the four main missionary Orders, the Augustinians, Jesuits, Dominicans and Franciscans, built churches and aimed to convert the inhabitants of India. The ivories would assist in the presentation of Christian imagery, as well as being exported back to churches, convents and private collectors in Europe.

Physical description

Ivory statuette of the Virgin and Child; the smiling long-haired Virgin holds the Christ Child on her left arm; he has an apple in his hand. On a crudely carved alabaster base, onto the top of which a simple design of spheres and lozenges has been painted in red.

Place of Origin

Sri Lanka (made)

Date

ca. 1690 - ca. 1710 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory and alabaster

Dimensions

Height: 15 cm

Object history note

This group bears analogies with Cingalo-Portuguese works, and is likely to date from the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century.

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory and alabaster, 'The Virgin and Child', Cingalo-Portuguese (Sri Lanka), ca. 1690-1710

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

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1929, Part II, p. 113
p. 388
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, p. 388, cat. no. 383

Materials

Ivory; Alabaster

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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