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Virgin and Child Enthroned (so-called Golden Madonna)

German (Hildesheim)

Not on view

One of the oldest three-dimensional sculptures in the medieval Latin West, this shimmering statue is an important early medieval Maestà, or Virgin enthroned with the Christ Child. It was likely commissioned by Bishop Bernward. Cult figures such as this contributed to the veneration of the Virgin. Touched in adoration during liturgical processions, it was also, according to a 1438 cathedral inventory, adorned with more than one hundred brooches, rings, and chains left as votive offerings.

Virgin and Child Enthroned (so-called Golden Madonna), Gold on linden wood core, filigree, and precious and semiprecious stones, German (Hildesheim)

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