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Madonna and Child on Crescent Moon

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Carved ivory statuette. Madonna holds infant in left arm, glancing left. Ornately robed and draped with delicately carved ornamentation showing tiny faces at collar and waist of robe. Veil at back of head held by garland, tiny star on forehead. She stands on moon, with winged cherub's head...

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1965, sold by Mathias Komor (b. 1909 -d. 1984), New York, to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Work, Lincoln, MA [see note 1]; 1980, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Work to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 15, 1980) NOTES: [1] On loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Work beginning December 18, 1974 (loan no. 275.1974).

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Work

French or South German, 16th century

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6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

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Ivory or bone