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The Infant Jesus Asleep
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The Infant Jesus Asleep

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Description The sleeping Infant Jesus lies on his back with his right hand raised to lightly touch his gilded hair. A slight smile plays over his face. The sleeping figure may have been intended to be displayed in a little manger, perhaps part of a Nativity scene. This and two other carvings of the infant Jesus were all carved in the Phlippines, likely by artists of Chinese origins, for a religious market in Spain or possibly the Americas; see further 71.392. Qualities that may reflect a Chinese stylistic sensibility include: the heavy eyelids, ankle crease, and the curious gesture that is unexplained unless it is derived from the image of the sleeping Buddha with the right hand raised to his cheeck. The left foot has been repaired.
Provenance Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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1650-1700 (Baroque)
ivory with gilding and traces of paint
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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