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Statuette - The Christ Child
  • The Christ Child
    Risueño, José, born 1665 - died 1732
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The Christ Child

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Granada (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-ca. 1735 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Risueño, José, born 1665 - died 1732 (circle of)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted pinewood with glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The face is a hollow mask set into the head; the mouth is hollow, and the glass eyes have been set in from behind. All this leads to a greater sense of realism in the piece. The original design almost certainly included a lamb, and this figure is probably either the Christ Child or the Infant St John the Baptist.

Physical description

Painted pinewood statuette with glass eyes depicting the Christ Child. The nude child figure stands with left leg raised on a rock. Weight is on right leg. The torso is twisted and arms placed across body and out to side of left hip. Head inclined to right with eyes cast downward. The base is carved to resemble rocks.

Place of Origin

Granada (made)


ca. 1700-ca. 1735 (made)


Risueño, José, born 1665 - died 1732 (circle of)

Materials and Techniques

Painted pinewood with glass


Height: 50 cm, Width: 32 cm, Depth: 41 cm

Object history note

Bought from Soriano, Madrid, for £1 13s. 8d.

Historical context note

A lamb may have been originally included with this figure. The twisting torso and facial features parallel the work of the Granada sculptor José Risueño.

Descriptive line

Statuette, painted pinewood and glass eyes, The Christ Child or the Infant St John the Baptist, by the circle of José Risueño, Spain (Granada), ca. 1700-1735

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

Trusted, Marjorie. Spanish Sculpture. London : Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996. 172 p., ill. ISBN 1851771778.
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1864 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 70


Pinewood; Glass




Sculpture; Christianity; Religion


Sculpture Collection

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