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Virgin and Child with Cradle

Date:
ca. 1350–1400
Geography:
Made in Upper Rhineland, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Ivory, traces of polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 3/8 x 5 1/16 x 3 3/8 in. (31.5 x 12.8 x 8.5 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.182
  • Description

    Here, a rare subject seems to reflect and reinforce fourteenth-century devotional practices encouraging the imitation of Mary, especially among women. Nuns in convents were often given dolls and cradles (one may be seen in the Medieval Sculpture Gallery) designed to help cultivate devotion through enacting a mother's care of the Christ Child and to prompt visionary experiences of personal encounters with him.

  • Provenance

    Count Ludwig von Paar, Vienna; [ Stefano Bardini, Florence (in 1896)]; Michel Boy (b. 1845), Paris (sold 1905); Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)

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