Virgin Mary
Portugal
1501 <> 1525
This image of the Virgin with polychrome face and hands belonged to the Cathedral’s Confraternity of Our Lady of the Rosary. There is a reference to this image in the Cathedral’s inventories, dated back to 1633, alongside a note about its now-lost “corals” (a rosary in coral, one would presume). In the delicate modelling of this figure the base stands out, being divided into 12 sections which form a rose-shaped relief, in an allusion to one of the titles of the Virgin Mary: “Mystic Rose”.

Gilded, chiselled, embossed and polychrome silver sculpture
Dimensions: width: 13 cm height: 30 cm

Funchal Cathedral (Sé)
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