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Statuette

Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Castile (Valladolid, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    polychromed and gilt limewood or poplar

  • Museum number:

    A.103-1929

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Christ child sleeping on a skull suggests Christ's triumph over death, as well as foreshadowing the Passion; such images were objects of pious meditation in Spain during the 17th century. Many still survive in convents and monasteries.

Physical description

Statuette of a child with a skull. The figure lies naked, resting his head on both hands, the right crossed over the left, and with his left leg bent back under his right. The head is disproportionately large for the body, which is comparatively slender. The hair is tightly curled, and the mouth half-open, with the teeth visible. Although the child is shown asleep, the facial expression is half-smiling. The skull on which he rests is much larger than his own head.

Place of Origin

Castile (Valladolid, made)

Date

ca. 1650-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

polychromed and gilt limewood or poplar

Dimensions

Height: 16 cm, Width: 11.5 cm, Length: 34 cm

Descriptive line

Statuette, Child with a skull (The Christ Child); Wood painted Spanish Castile Valladolid? 1650-1700

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

Trusted, Marjorie. Spanish Sculpture : Catalogue of the Post-Medieval Spanish Sculpture in Wood, Terracotta, Alabaster, Marble, Stone, Lead and Jet in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. pp. 62-63. cat. no. 23.

Materials

Limewood; Poplar

Subjects depicted

Child; Skull

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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