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Statuette (Front)

Statuette (Front)
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Kansas City, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art



Height: 333mm
Width: 89mm
Depth: 63mm

Standing Virgin and Child; Christ seated on left arm; bare-chested Christ.

Randall 1993: Mosan, 4th quarter of the 14th century.
Detroit 1997: Mosan, 1370-1390.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy are visible in the eyes of the figures and microscopic examination shows traces of gesso or paint.

Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: Virgin's right forearm of the Virgin; both hands of Christ.
The Virgin's head has been carved to hold a crown and there are four small holes in the ivory associated with this.

Bought by the Nelson-Atkins Museum from the Brummer Gallery, New York, in 1934 thanks to the William Rockhill Nelson Trust.

The William Rockhill Nelson Collection (Kansas City, 1949), p. 110.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 25.
Images in Ivory. Precious Objects of the Gothic Age, ed. by Peter Barnet, exhibition catalogue, Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1997, no. 47.
A. von Hülsen-Esch, D. Täube, 'Luft unter die Flügel...'. Beiträge zur mittelalterlichen Kunst, p. 180, fig. 8.


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