Virgin and Child, late 16th century
German or Netherlandish
Ivory; H. (with base) 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm)
Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923 (24.80.89a,b)
The Madonna with a crown over her flowing hair stands on a crescent moon, the symbol of her immaculate conception in Revelations. The sculpture melds late Gothic, Renaissance, and Mannerist elements in a tender portrayal of the bond between mother and child.