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Madonna and Child in Glory

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Madonna and Child in Glory


Unknown uncertain

Unknown uncertain






Madonna and Child in Glory, carved in wood in the round, and set in a tortoise shell case. The tortoise shell case is round-headed with two hinged 'wings' which open to reveal the Virgin, crowned and holding a sceptre in her right hand and the Child in her left arm. The Virgin, crushing with her right foot the head of a serpent, stands on the crescent moon which rests on the pedestal, while the Child blesses. The pedestal has a cartouche carved on the front with the following carved in relief: IR, in between these two letters are two pairs of crossed batons, above them a crown and below them a heart pierced by a sword. On the sides of the pedestal are two winged armless herms. Four angels, seemingly floating in space, are placed on either side of the Virgin (they are attached to the back of the case). Above the head of the Virgin is carved the dove. The back of the case behind the Virgin is decorated with an applied gilt-metal mandorla.

Production Place

Germany (country) ()

Flanders (region) ()

Technique Description

wood carved in the round, enclosed in a tortoise shell case


height: (whole): 10.0 in
width: (whole): 6 3/4 in
depth: (whole): 2 1/2 in


mid-17th Century


circa 1640 to 1660


given: The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum 1941 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.5-1941 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 30369; Input Date: 2001-06-14 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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