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Medieval Christian Gilt Bronze Processional Cross Figure of The Virgin Mary Ex. German private collection

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Seller: artancientltd (9,495) 99.6%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 391620759167 A very high quality late Medieval gilt bronze figure of the Virgin Mary, dating to the 15th-16th Century A.D. The Virgin standing veiled, wearing long, thickly folded robe, her head tilted down and to the right. She holds both hands before her in prayer. The piece of unusually fine quality; delicately modeled, with stippled surface and sensitive casting. Much gilding remains. Of Central or Southern European origin, the piece likely once adorned a processional cross. The remains of the original attachment (presumably to one arm of the cross) can still be seen on the underside of the piece. Processional crosses were, as their name suggests, carried before followers in a Christian procession, normally in a Church or Cathedral. Several examples are known from the 15th-16th Century and depict the crucified body of Christ with the Evangelists (often in the form of circular roundels) on the arms of the cross. St. John and the Virgin Mary are sometimes represented in full figural form either side of the body of Christ.1 The present figure is of an unusually fine quality with particular care being given to the treatment of the folds, even at the back, which presumably would have been hidden for most of the time. Height (not including base): 2 3/4 inches. Provenance: Ex. German private collection. Mounted on a custom ebony and bronze base. References: 1 Compare a full processional cross from Spain, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Original or Reproduction: Original, Depiction: Virgin Mary, Period: Late Medieval, Material: Gilt Bronze, Iconogrpahy: Christian, Type: Processional Cross

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