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Statuette - Two mourning women

Two mourning women

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (south, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1525-1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the Capt. H. B. Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture 1300-1600, Room 27, case 3

These two figures, of St Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary, originally formed part of a Crucfixion group. Such small scale devotional objects were sometimes included in 'Cabinets of Curiosity'.

Physical description

Statuette, boxwood. Behind is the standing figure of a young woman (St Mary Magdalen) clutching her vel with a gesture of grief, in the foreground an older heavily veiled woman kneeling with clasped hands.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (south, made)


ca. 1525-1550 (made)



Materials and Techniques


Object history note

Purchased together with A.33-1939 from Cecil Leitch & Kerin for £130, from the funds of the Murray Bequest.

Historical significance: Such small-scale devotional objects were sometimes included in 'cabinets of curiosities'.

Historical context note

This group together with A.34-1939 originally formed part of a Crucifixion.

Descriptive line

Two mourning women, boxwood statuette, South Netherlandish, ca. 1525-1550

Labels and date

November 2010
The Virgin and St John, and Two Mourning Women from a Crucifixion group [2010]






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