Artist: Workshop of Mattheus van Beveren (ca. 1630–1690)
Date: 17th century
Base, wood, ebony, tortoise shell and ivory or bone
Dimensions: With base, 18 x 12-1/2 x 6-1/2 in. (45.7 x 31.8 x 16.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964
Accession Number: 64.164.242
Van Beveren also worked in ivory (see 1980.220) and carved larger wood and marble compositions for wealthy religious orders in Antwerp. The monumentality of this Lamentation derives from the sculptor's full-scale version of 1668, made for the altar of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Dendermonde (now Belgium). A cutout on the back of the base indicates that a cross once stood behind the group.