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Relief - St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Spain (or perhaps Hispano-filipino, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 - ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory statuette in relief representing St. Mary Magdalene is Spanish or probably Hispano-filipino, and made in ca. 1650-1700. The iconography recalls Mary of Egypt. No direct parallels can be cited, although the figure is broadly analogous to an ivory relief of the same subject in the Museo de Artes Decorativas, Madrid.

Physical description

This half-length figure of St. Mary Magdalene is naked to the waist except for a robe of haircloth draped around her left shoulder. She has long hair and carries a pot of ointment in her right hand, held up against her breasts. A tear can be seen at the corner of her left eye. The remains of a skull are visible at her waist. The base is fitted with a peg for fixing to a stand. It is flat at the back.

Place of Origin

Spain (or perhaps Hispano-filipino, made)


ca. 1650 - ca. 1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 7.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs Ellen Hearn, Villa St Louis, Menton in 1923; this and other objects presented at the same time were labelled as the Alfred Williams Hearn gift.

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory, St Mary Magdelene, Spanish, or perhaps Hispano-filipino, ca. 1650-1700

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

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 110
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 328, p. 334



Subjects depicted

Pot; Skull


Reliefs; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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