Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Infant Christ

mid-18th century
Southern German
Ivory, seed pearls, silk, metal thread, lace, parchment, wood and glass
H. (figure alone) (a) 3-1/2 in. (8.9 cm) H. (figure dressed) (a-c) 5-1/2 (14 cm) H. (base) 1-7/8 in. (4.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
Enclosed in 1975.437.3a, b, a carved and polychromed vitrine. This type of figure, called "Bräutigam-Typus", was made for nuns upon profession of vows and becoming "bride of Christ." See 24.80.92 for another example of this type. The devotional emblem (d) can be read as follows: cross = faith, flaming heart = devotion, anchor = hope.
Inscription: MAF VM
(engraved on the cross bars of the emblem (d))
Gabriel Pichler (until September 12, 1928) ; Oscar Bondy ; [ Blumka Gallery , New York (early 1950s; sold to Loretta Hines Howard) ] ; Loretta Hines Howard (until 1975; to MMA)
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