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Mourning Virgin

13th century
Made in Tyrol, Austria
Wood and paint
Overall: 51 3/16 x 13 x 8 1/4in. (130 x 33 x 21cm) Brass dowel: 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas F. Ryan, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 8
Carved almost in the round, this figure and that of John the Evangelist to the right of the door originally flanked a sculpture of Christ on the cross. The group was probably installed on a beam that spanned the width of a church choir. The figures reminded the faithful of the words in John's Gospel (19:26-27): "When Jesus therefore has seen his mother and the disciple whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman behold thy son. After that he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother."
Thomas Fortune Ryan, New York (until 1912)
Rorimer, James J., and William Holmes Forsyth. "The Medieval Galleries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 12, no. 6 (February 1954). p. 131.

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