Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Infant Christ

mid-18th century
Southern German
Ivory, seed pearls, silk, metal thread, lace, parchment, wood and glass
Height (.4a, figure only): 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm);
Height (.4a–d, figure dressed): 5 1/2 in. (14 cm);
Height (base, .4e): 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 533
Enclosed in 1975.437.3a, b, a carved and polychromed vitrine. This type of figure, called "Bräutigam-Typus", was made for nuns upon profession of vows and becoming "bride of Christ." See 24.80.92 for another example of this type. The devotional emblem (d) can be read as follows: cross = faith, flaming heart = devotion, anchor = hope.
Inscription: Engraved on the cross bars of the emblem (.4d): MAF VM
Gabriel Pichler (until September 12, 1928) ; Oscar Bondy , Hamburg ; [ Blumka Gallery , New York, early 1950s; sold to Loretta Hines Howard ] ; Loretta Hines Howard (until 1975; to MMA)
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