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Madonna and Child in Glory: M.5-1941

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Madonna and Child in Glory


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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.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6.5 cm
Depth: 2.5 in
Height: 25.8 cm
Height: 10.0 in
Width: 17.1 cm
Width: 6.75 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


17th Century, Mid#
Circa 1640 CE - 1660 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Back Of Case composed of gilt-metal
Case composed of tortoise shell Depth 3.7 cm Height 23.2 cm Width 13.2 cm
Figures composed of wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood carved in the round, enclosed in a tortoise shell case

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1941
Primary reference Number: 30369
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_5_1941
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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