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Finial in the Shape of the Virgin and Child

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Three-quarter-length statuette of the Virgin (holding the Christ Child on her left arm and pear in her right hand) emerging from a foliate bulbous base that has a tapered cylinder with a hole for attachment. Made in several pieces, the Virgin is thick, hollow cast and chased; her right hand,...

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Richard von Kaufmann (b. 1849 - d. 1908), Berlin; December 4, 1917, Kaufmann sale, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, lot 425, sold for 13,000 M. March 5, 1929, anonymous ("v. B." collection) sale, Rudolf Lepke, Berlin, lot 220. 1950, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1950, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $2,500 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 12, 1950) NOTES: [1] The MFA acquired accession nos. 50.2, 50.3, and 50.4 together.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Rhineland, Medieval (Gothic), mid-15th century

Object Place

France or Rhineland


10.7 x 5.4 x 5.2 cm (4 3/16 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded silver (Virgin: 94.5% silver, 4.2% copper, .9% gold, .4% lead; Christ: 94.9% silver, 2.7% copper, 2% gold, .4% lead; stem: 94% silver, 4.7% copper, .8% gold, .5% lead)