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Enthroned Virgin and Child

ca. 1220
Mosan or Lower-Rhenish
Limewood with original paint and gilding
Overall: 7 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 2 13/16 in. (19.4 x 8 x 7.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2002
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 14
Among the early images in the West to emphasize the motherly rapport of the Virgin Mary to the Christ child, this devotional sculpture is exceptional for its well-preserved polychromy. Recent conservation treatment removed overpaint, revealing the extraordinary finesse of the original decoration. The abundant use of gold underscores the regal nature of the figures, while the detailed rendering of the faces makes their humanity palpable.
Segre Amar Emanuel, Montreux, Switzerland (sold 2002)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2002-2003." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 61, no. 2 (Fall 2003). p. 11.

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