Virgin and Child, Ivory, traces of polychromy, French

Virgin and Child

Date:
14th century
Geography:
Made in France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Ivory, traces of polychromy
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 15/16 x 4 5/8 x 4 in. (27.8 x 11.8 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.202
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
Used for daily devotions to the Virgin and Child such figures may have been placed on an altar within a tabernacle. The apparent wear on the carving may have been caused by repeated touching and kissing. It may come from a Franciscan community, the Minori Osservanti in Foglino or perhaps Assisi.
Said to come from the Convent of Minori Servanti in Assisi; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1917)