The Magdalen

French (Lorraine)
early 17th century


Object Place: Europe, France, Lorraine

Dimensions

Overall: 12 x 7.8 x 5.4 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/16 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

55.470

Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Kneeling draped figure, full-round. Left hand at breast, right hand extended. Figure from a Crucifixion. Set with 55.468-9.


These three mourning figures would have been grouped below a crucifix, with the image of Christ carved in ivory and mounted on a cross, possibly made of ebony. The forceful expressiveness of posture and gesture recall monumental works of sculpture, while the intricacy of detail demonstrates the sculptor’s virtuosity in carving precious ivory.

Provenance

By 1955, with Nicolas E. Landau, Paris; 1955, sold by Landau to the MFA for 480,000 fr. (includes 55.468 and 55.469). (Accession date: September 15, 1955).

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund