The Magdalen

French (Lorraine)
early 17th century

Object Place: Europe, France, Lorraine


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ivory or bone

Not On View





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.


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