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Enthroned Virgin and Child

ca. 1260–80
Made in Paris, France
Elephant ivory with traces of paint and gilding
Overall: 7 1/4 x 3 x 2 7/8 in. (18.4 x 7.6 x 7.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Cloisters Collection and Michel David-Weill Gift, 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
This statuette of the Virgin and Child was produced at a time when Paris was the principal European center of ivory carving. The sensitively carved face of the Virgin generates a tender aura, presenting her as a loving mother rather than the Queen of Heaven. The head of the child Jesus is a modern replacement.
#50. Enthroned Virgin and Child
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