Reliquary Statuette of the Virgin and Child

Reliquary Statuette of the Virgin and Child

c. 1330

Painted lindenwood

Overall: 40.7 cm (16 in.)

The Mary Spedding Milliken Memorial Collection, Gift of William Mathewson Milliken 1973.143

Description

A small rectangular cavity in the back of this sculpture reveals that it was originally made to serve as a reliquary (a container for relics). In her left hand the Virgin holds a pear, a symbol of the peace and love of Christ.

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