Mourning Virgin

Mourning Virgin

early 1400s

Gilt copper

Overall: 15.3 cm (6 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1942.1092


These small statuettes would have originally flanked a crucifix as suggested by this arrangement. According to the Gospels, the Virgin and Saint John were present on Golgotha at Christ’s death. Medieval artists frequently depicted them standing next to the cross.

See also
MED - Gothic
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Gilt copper

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