Ivory, modern silver, partial-gilt & translucent enamel base
Overall (without base): 3 3/4 x 2 5/8 in. (9.5 x 6.7 cm)
Overall (with base): 3 7/8 x 2 13/16 in. (9.8 x 7.2 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This statuette depicts Jesus and his mother as the agents of human redemption. The rose Mary holds symbolizes her birth as that of the purest flower among the thorns of sin sown by Eve. The apple held by the blessing infant Jesus signifies his identity as the new Adam.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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Artist: Attributed to Master Heinrich of Constance (German, active in Constance, ca. 1300)Date: ca. 1310–20Medium: Walnut, paint, gilding, rock-crystal cabochons inset in gilt-silver mountsAccession: 17.190.724On view in:Gallery 304