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Relief - St Anne teaching the Virgin

St Anne teaching the Virgin

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory, carved in high relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory figure group, carved in high relief, representing St. Anne teaching the Virgin, was probably made in France in ca. 1650. The two figures are carved separately and fixed together.

Physical description

St. Anne seated on a bench holding a scroll instructs the Virgin. The Virgin, her hair dressed in classical fashion, stands beside her, with head bowed, her right foot on a step, and her hands clasped over her chest. A 'velvet pad' mentioned as a support on acquisition (Museum records) does not survive.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1650 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ivory, carved in high relief


Height: 6.5 cm, Width: 4 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

Figure group, ivory in high relief, St Anne teaching the Virgin, French, ca. 1650

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. 77
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 231




Carving; High relief

Subjects depicted



Reliefs; Christianity; Sculpture; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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