'The Assumption of the Virgin', carving

'The Assumption of the Virgin', carving

'The Assumption of the Virgin'
Carving
Sicily (Trapani), the frame made in Naples
About 1720-30
Coral, in silver frame
Museum no. A.31-1917
Bequeathed by Henry L. Florence

This was made in Trapani, a town in Sicily that became the most important centre of coral carving in Europe. The Assumption of the Virgin, in which the Virgin ascended bodily and spiritually to heaven after her death, was a popular subject in Mediterranean countries at this period.