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Panel - The Virgin and Child

The Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    France (Eastern France (Lorraine) or Cologne, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1320 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Museum number:

    A.15-1949

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The distinctive broad face of the Virgin, with pronounced undulating curls to each side, suggests an origin in Lorraine or Cologne and a date in the first third of the fourteenth century.
Three dimensional images of the Virgin and Child were ubiquitous from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries, produced in a wide range of materials and sizes and testifying the overwhelming devotion to th Virgin. Together with the Crucifixion, statues and statuettes of the Virgin and Child were the pricipal objects of devotion in the Christian Church, and vast numbers were made for ecclesisastical, monastic and private worship.

Physical description

Panel in ivory. The standing Virgin holds the Child in the crook of her left arm and in her right hand a spray of lilies. The child's right arm missing and the top of the Virgin's head cut off flat. She wears a long mantle drawn across her body over a belted gown. The infant Christ holds an apple in his left hand.

Place of Origin

France (Eastern France (Lorraine) or Cologne, made)

Date

ca. 1320 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm, Width: 6 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh F.S.A. in 1949; formerly on loan from Dr Hildburgh. He acquired the piece in London in 1926 (this can be seen on a note on the back of a photograph in the departmental archive, in Hildburgh's hand).

Descriptive line

Panel, ivory, The Virgin and Child, Eastern French (Lorraine) or Cologne, about 1320

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

part I, pp. 54-55
Williamson, Paul and Davies, Glyn, Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1550, (in 2 parts), V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014
Williamson, Paul and Davies, Glyn, Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1550, (in 2 parts), V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, part I, pp. 54-55

Materials

Ivory

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Apple

Categories

Reliefs; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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