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Statuette (Front)

Statuette (Front)
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Cincinnati (Ohio), Cincinnati Art Museum



Height: 368mm
Width: 133mm
Depth: 102mm

Standing Virgin and Child; Christ seated on left arm; Christ in long robe.

Randall 1993: Italian, 2nd quarter of the 14th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy: remains in silhouette of a row of large diamonds with leaf tops which were either painted or gilt, ivy leaf pattern on the Virgin's veil and on her breast; gold (Virgin's hair), brown with gold highlights (Christ's hair).

Inscription in red: '35.77.136'.

Object Condition
Missing: right forearm and right foot of the Virgin; right hand of Christ.Hole in the Virgin's head and discolouration on the top, perhaps from a later halo, as well as a bronze pin at the rear (Randall 1993).

Randall (1993) notes that the hole in her chest (certainly corresponding to the end of the nerve canal), now plugged with ivory, was originally filled with a jewel.

Bought from Piero Tozzi, New York, in 1971, thanks to the J. J. Emery Fund.

Cincinnati Art Museum Handbook (Cincinnati, 1975), illus. on p. 84.
Masterpieces from the Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, 1984), ill. on p. 64.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 207.


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Credit Line: Cincinnati Art Museum, John J. Emery Fund.

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