Virgin and Child

Austrian
about 1400


Object Place: Europe, Austria

Dimensions

20 x 13.97 cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

60.238

Medium or Technique

Ceramic; Polychrome

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Panel with Virgin and Child in high relief, polychromed and gilt, foliate background. Lettered: B VIRGINIS MARIAE IN AULA REGIA. / Polychromed and gilt wood rectangular relief carving of Virgin holding the Christ Child who holds bird. Virgin in blue cloak with gold stars, white veil with beaded gilded edge, gold and red dress visible above waist, holds a white cloth below Child. Clothes have gold edge. Halos, necklace and Virgin’s crown carved to simulate gems painted in translucent red and green, same red on Child’s robe and top of Virgin’s dress. Inscription along bottom incised and painted red: VIRGINIS. MARIA. IN AVLAREGIA. Background: upper half, gold with carved foliated scrollwork; lower half, red. Worm holes. Hole drilled in top of Virgin’s halo for hanging. Toe on left foot of Christ Child broken off.

Provenance

1960, Mathias Komor, New York; 1960, sold by Komor to the MFA for $450. (Accession Date: March 14, 1960)

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund