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The Baby Jesus, Oh See Him

Slab-built cradle form with nude African-American male figure painted on the interior, with his head on the headboard of the cradle. His hands are painted resting on the sides of the cradle, and bound with pink ribbon. A small wooden stick with small dangling stones or pieces of clay,...

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"C. Billops / 11/73 / N.Y.C." signed in paint on underside.


1996, sold by the artist to John Axelrod, Boston; 2011, sold by Axelrod to the MFA. (Accession date: June 22, 2011)

Credit Line

The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund, Charles H. Bayley Fund, and The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection


Object Place

New York, New York


Overall: 32.7 x 28.9 x 21.6 cm (12 7/8 x 11 3/8 x 8 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware, slip-decorated, painted, and glazed; mixed media




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware