The Virgin and Child

Scenes showing the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child are central to Christian teaching. The images often combine a mother's love for her child with Mary's joy at the birth of Jesus and her fear for his future. They also reflect the belief that Christ is God made flesh.

This statue shows Mary wearing a crown and holding a sceptre, both symbols of majesty and authority. Christ holds a globe with a cross, a sign of his rule over the world. His other hand is raised in blessing.

  • Statue of the Virgin Mary and Child
  • Germany, about 1680-9
  • Museum no. M.36-1952