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Virgin and Child

14th century
Made in France
Ivory, traces of polychromy
Overall: 10 15/16 x 4 5/8 x 4 in. (27.8 x 11.8 x 10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Used for daily devotions to the Virgin and Child such figures may have been placed on an altar within a tabernacle. The apparent wear on the carving may have been caused by repeated touching and kissing. It may come from a Franciscan community, the Minori Osservanti in Foglino or perhaps Assisi.
Said to come from the Convent of Minori Servanti in Assisi; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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