Head of the Virgin with child, Anonymous, c. 1470 - c. 1480

Head of the Virgin with child, Anonymous, c. 1470 - c. 1480

pipe clay, h 15cm × w 12.5cm × d 7cm. More details

In the late Middle Ages, modelling with pipe clay (which is white after firing) became a flourishing branch of decorative art in the Low Countries. The inexpensive material and the use of moulds opened the way to large-scale production of sculptures in this medium, which became an affordable alternative to wooden or ivory figurines. This is a fragment of a statue of the Virgin Mary that was hidden in the tower of the Oude Kerk in Soest during the Iconoclastic Fury in 1566.

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