Folding Shrine with the Virgin and Child


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14

The thirteenth and fourteenth centuries saw an increased demand for small portable devotional shrines or tabernacles made of ivory or metal, typically with a courtly, elegant, yet tender Virgin standing in the center. The wings, carved in a rougher style, are rich in anecdotal charm. On the left are the Annunciation to the Virgin, her Visitation with Elizabeth, and the Three Magi. On the right are the Nativity and the Presentation in the Temple.

Folding Shrine with the Virgin and Child, Elephant ivory with metal mounts, French

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