Madonna and Child on Crescent Moon

French or South German
16th century


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1980.370

Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Carved ivory statuette. Madonna holds infant in left arm, glancing left. Ornately robed and draped with delicately carved ornamentation showing tiny faces at collar and waist of robe. Veil at back of head held by garland, tiny star on forehead. She stands on moon, with winged cherub’s head showing under right foot. Base of reddish marble. Condition: checking throughout ivory from age; Madonna’s left arm, child’s head and arms broken off. Many small chips and cracks.

Provenance

1965, sold by Mathias Komor (b. 1909 -d. 1984), New York, to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Work, Lincoln, MA [see note 1]; 1980, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Work to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 15, 1980)

NOTES:
[1] On loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Work beginning December 18, 1974 (loan no. 275.1974).

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Work