Statuette of the Virgin
Virgin in Sorrow
Southern German (?)
Object Place: Europe, Germany, Rhineland
4.5 x 1.3 x 1.2 cm (1 3/4 x 1/2 x 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilded latten (80.3% copper, 16.2% zinc, 1.9% lead, 1.6% tin)
Not On View
Standing figure with pins for attachment inserted in the base. Solid cast in one piece, chiseled and mercury gilded. Wearing a gown, mantle pulled over the head, and barbette, the Virgin stands frontally in a gentle contrapposto pose with her head leaning slightly to the right and with hands together at her breast. The mantle falls over her shoulders and under her raised arms, forming a central fold down the front. The face has large round eyes, a wide nose, and an open mouth. Set with Statuette of St. John (52.59).
Private collection, Vienna [see note 1]. 1952, Blumka Gallery New York; 1952, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $250 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: February 14, 1952)
 According to the curatorial recommendation for purchase by Georg Swarzenski (February 14, 1952).  The MFA acquired accession nos. 52.59 and 52.60 together.
Seth Kettell Sweetser Fund