GERMAN, LOWER RHINE, LATE 15TH CENTURY
VIRGIN AND CHILD
Overall the condition of the sculpture is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor stable splitting to the wood consistent with the material, including to the Virgin's neck and proper left side of the head, and to the centre of the drapery. There are some losses to the base at the front on the proper left side. There may be some restorations to the Christ child concealed by polychromy. There is wear to the polychromy throughout, including some areas of loss, notably to the drapery around the Virgin's proper left knee and lower leg. It is likely that the polychromy has been refreshed over time. There is a rectangular opening at the back (perhaps for a relic). There is a metal loop at the back for hanging or mounting. There is minor evidence of past worming at the back.
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Private collection, Europe
R. Karrenbrock (ed.), Die Holzskulpturen des Mittelalters II, 1: 1400 bis 1540, Teil 1: Köln, Westfalen, Norddeutschland, cat. Museum Schnütgen, Cologne, 2001, p. 45