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German, 16th century
NAKED BOY AS A TALISMANIC FIGURE OF FERTILITY

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Christie's London, 15 July 1986, lot 30

相關資料

The present ivory figure of a naked boy functioned as a talismanic figure of fertility, which could not only protect a woman but also regulate her fertility and even the gender of her children. There are many variations on the visual reference to such symbolic naked boys, one of which was the representation of naked and cavorting boys on the back of birth trays and bowls. Through the dispersal of such birthing items, these visual references spread throughout Western Europe.  

The iconography as one finds on both birthing trays and the present ivory figure, can be explained by the fact that the act of urinating was likely to be interpreted as a sign of fecundity and prosperity, as an inscription on a wooden tray by Bartolomeo di Fruisino has suggested.

Further symbolic reference points within the present ivory are the shield on the ground next to his feet, the psychical proximity to heraldic devices making a deliberate link between fertility and lineage, and the necklace which hangs from the boy’s neck. This necklace echoes the coral necklaces and bracelets worn by similar figures on birthing objects, which was thought to ward away evil.

RELATED LITERATURE
L.B. Kanter et al., Painting and illumination in early Renaissance Florence, 1300-1450, exh. cat. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994; J.M. Musacchio, The Art and Ritual of Childbirth, New Haven, 1999.

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