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Relief - The Virgin and Child

The Virgin and Child

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 - ca. 1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh F.S.A. in 1926.

  • Museum number:

    A.41-1926

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory relief, made in about 17000-1720 represents the Virgin and Child. Although it is difficult to point to exact parallels, the elegant style of this relief suggests it may have been carved in Madrid in the early eighteenth century. It is probably based on an engraved source, as yet untraced. The Virgin is shown about to suckle the Christ Child, who is lying on her lap.

Physical description

Ivory relief with the Virgin wearing a veil on her head; she is seated and seen half-length, about to suckle the haloed Christ Child lying on her knees. Behind are clouds and two cherubim. The thin relief is framed in a cartouche with cresting and a cherubim at the apex.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)

Date

ca. 1700 - ca. 1720 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Dimensions

Height: 11 cm, Width: 6 cm

Object history note

Although it is difficult to point to exact parallels, the elegant style of this relief suggests it may have been carved in Madrid in the early eighteenth century. It is probably based on an engraved source, as yet untraced.

Descriptive line

Relief, ivory, 'The Virgin and Child', Spanish, ca. 1700-1720

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, 1927-1929, Part II. p. 111
p. 347
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, p. 347, cat. no. 345

Materials

Ivory

Subjects depicted

Scroll; Cherub heads

Categories

Reliefs; Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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