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Virgin and Child


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Description This Virgin and Child was carved from a curved piece of ivory corresponding to the shape of the original elephant tusk. Only the front is carved, suggesting that it was attached to a flat surface such as a shrine or diptych. A few areas of color are preserved from the original polychromy (paint). The smooth drapery is a German feature that differs from the rippled and pleated fabric of French statuettes.
Exhibitions
  • Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
  • Smith College Museum of Art Early Medieval Research. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. 1996.
Provenance Professor Paul Soubeiran de Pierres, Montpellier, France; Professor Paul Soubeiran de Pierres Sale, New York, December 8, 1927, lot 69; Henri Daguerre, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928

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Period
1350-1375 (Medieval)
Medium
ivory with traces of paint
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.233
Measurements
H: 8 1/4 x W: 3 1/8 x D: 1 1/4 in. (21.2 x 8 x 3.2 cm)
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