Christ Child with Pelicans, Ivory, probably Flemish

Christ Child with Pelicans

Date:
18th century
Culture:
probably Flemish
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Height: 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Clark Thompson, 1923
Accession Number:
24.80.94
Not on view
The Christ Child contemplates His sacrifice, symbolized by the pelican that feeds its young with its own blood. The pelican in her piety became an emblem of Christ's Passion and of the Eucharist.
Mary Clark Thompson (until 1923; bequeathed to MMA)