German (Upper Rhine)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1440

Object Place: Europe, Germany, Upper Rhine


Overall: 31.8 x 21.0 x 6.4 cm (12 1/2 x 8 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Alabaster with touches of polychromy

Not On View






Church of Maria Hof, Neidingen (present-day Neudingen), Germany [see note 1]. By 1923, Hugo Benario, Berlin [see note 2]. 1926 (?), art market, Lübeck, Germany [see note 3]. 1926, Béla Hein (b. 1883 - d. 1931), Paris; July 31, 1928, sold by Hein to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P5010); May 7, 1929, sold by Brummer to H. M. Tovell; December 23, 1929, returned by Tovell to Brummer for credit; February 14, 1930, sold by Brummer to Kleinberger Galleries; May 6, 1931, returned by Kleinberger to Brummer for credit; 1943, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $1,200. (Accession Date: January 14, 1943)

[1] Georg Swarzenski, "A Gothic Alabaster Annunciation," MFA Bulletin, 41 (June 1943), p. 12. This information is also found in notes in the curatorial file. [2] W. F. Volbach, Die Mittelalterlichen Bildwerke der Sammlung Benario (Berlin, 1923), p. 10, cat. no. 12, pl. XIV. [3] The information about the Lübeck art market and Béla Hein is taken from annotations on the reverse of photographs of the object (in MFA curatorial file).

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund