This beautiful half-figure of the Virgin and Child was probably once a full figure, and an opening on the reverse suggests that it may have been conceived as a reliquary. The Virgin's elegant, elongated form recalls the work of the Upper Bavarian master, Hans Leinberger. Compare his Virgin and Child in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg (inv. no. Pl.O.2892), as well as the massive swirls of drapery around the arms exhibited by his Saint Jacob in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich (Müller, op. cit., p. 213). However the present group may also be associated with works from the Danube School of sculptors in Lower Bavaria and Upper Austria. Stylistic similarities are found in the Anna Selbdritt attributed to the Master of the Altötting Doors in Linz (Landshut, op. cit., no. 28) and the Anna Selbdritt group from the circle of the Master IP in Krumlov (Guillot, op. cit., p. 265). Perhaps the most striking comparison, suggesting a common hand, is found in a Mary Magdalene from Passau (Landshut, op. cit., no. 78) - note here the closely similar face and hair, the small hands, and the exaggerated fold around the left arm.
T. Müller, Die Bildwerke in Holz, Ton und Stein von der Mitte des XV. bis gegen Mitte des XVI. Jahrhunderts, cat. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, 1959; S. Guillot de Suduiraut (ed.), Sculptures allemandes de la fin du Moyen Age dans les collections publiques français: 1400-1530, exh. cat. musée du Louvre, Paris, 1991; Um Leinberger: Schüler und Zeitgenossen, exh. cat. Spitalkirche Heiliggeist, Landshut, 2007