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Virgin and Child

Date:
ca. 1250–1300
Culture:
North French
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 11 3/4 x 3 5/16 x 2 1/16 in. (29.8 x 8.4 x 5.2 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.207
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The many devotional images of the Virgin—to be found in every medium—reflect the belief in her ability to comfort, to intercede, and to nurture. Symbolically, ivory was an ideal medium to represent her, and prayers to the Virgin often refer to her as an “ivory tower.”
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Knoxville, TN. Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee. "Sacred Beauty: A Millennium of Religious Art, 600–1600," September 7, 2007–January 6, 2008.

Pératé, André. Collections Georges Hoentschel: Ivoires, orfèvrerie religieuse, pierres. Vol. 2. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. no. 23, fig. XX.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume II, Catalogue. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 112, p. 49.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume I, Text. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 112, p. 108.

Neff, Amy. "Christianity." In Sacred Beauty: A Millennium of Religious Art, 600-1600. Knoxville: Frank H. McClung Museum, University of Tennessee, 2007. pp. 12-13.



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