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Statuette - The Virgin

The Virgin

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Tournai (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1480 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved limewood, painted and gilded

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure of the Virgin Mary originally formed part of a Calvary group. Calvary was the name of the place where Jesus was crucified. The group included this figure, together a figure of Saint John the Evangelist (Museum no. 714D-1895), with the Crucifixion at the centre. Such groups were usually set on a beam that supported the rood or cross in a church. They were found everywhere in the late Middle Ages. However, these particular figures have a very distinctive style. This allows us to be reasonably certain that they were made in the region around Tournai and north-western Hainaut (Belgium). Most sculptors in this area worked in oak. Limewood figures, such as this piece, are unusual.

Place of Origin

Tournai (possibly, made)


ca. 1480 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved limewood, painted and gilded


Height: 105 cm without base, Width: 18 cm, Depth: 18 cm

Descriptive line

Wood polychrome Flemish 15th cent

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

Williamson, Paul, Netherlandish Sculpture 1450-1550, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002. 160p., ill. ISBN 1851773738.

Subjects depicted

Grief; Christianity


Sculpture; Religion; Christianity


Sculpture Collection

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