Current location: private collection
Project ref.: Virgin Mary / 13th century / Burford
Dimensions: 216mm h. x 89mm w. x 76mm d.
Form: sculpture in the round (statuette)
Iconography: Virgin Mary enthroned
Period: 13th century (early)
Place of recovery: England, South East, Burford
Probable origin: England, Oxfordshire
Probable context: parish church / altar image
Surface: Heavy layer of purple-red (iron oxide) undercoat remaining from polychrome
Condition: Head of Child and separately carved throne lost.
Provenance: Prior to 2011, private collection, Burford, Oxfordshire; thence to present owner.
Image credit(s): Don White, 2011.
1. Enthroned Virgin and Child, English, elephant ivory, c. 1220 (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1893.199).
2. Seal of Merton Priory, wax, impressed 1241 (British Library, Cotton Charter XXI 25).
Image credit(s): Lessing Archive; British Library; St John’s College, Cambridge.