Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Base for a Statuette

South Netherlandish
Overall: 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 3 3/8 in. (8.9 x 12.4 x 8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1955
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
The figures of Eve and the serpent appear on either side of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The woman-headed serpent may represent Lilith, the legendary first wife of Adam, who rebelled against her husband and disappeared from Paradise. God then created Eve from Adam’s rib, leading the jealous Lilith to tempt Eve with the forbidden fruit. The common medieval association of Eve, mother of humankind, with Mary, mother of Jesus, suggests that this base may have supported a statuette of the Virgin.
Rodolphe Hirsch Kann 1844–1905, Paris ; Mortimer L. Schiff, New York ; [ Raphael Stora, Paris and New York] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (in 1940; sold 1949)] ; Irwin Untermyer, New York (purchased 1949) ; [ Ruth and Leopold Blumka, New York (sold 1955)]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

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