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.
- 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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