Relief of the Holy Family

British or North French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304

This exquisite carving, probably originally from a portable altar, is one of the most intimate and sensitive carvings of the Romanesque style in Europe. Here Joseph tenderly embraces Mary and the infant Jesus who are enthroned upon an ass. Rich in symbolism, this ivory has been linked artistically to both England and northern France.

Relief of the Holy Family, Elephant ivory, British or North French

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