Japanese woodcarving of Madonna and child. An inscription on the back of the carving may indicate the artist. Mary is dressed in a kimono that also wraps the Child Jesus nestled on her back and gazing over her left shoulder. Mary holds an object that perhaps imitates an orb scepter. As the statue turns to reveal a left side view, the left arm is carved to indicate that the Madonna is supporting the child on her back. The back highlights the thick sash as well as hairstyles typical for a mother and child in Japan. The artist has carved the Madonna's features excellently, in contrast to the rough hewn features of the Child and the hands. That masterly use of the woodgrain gives a dynamic flow to the garment.
29.8 cm (11 3/4 inches) height
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figurines, sculptures, carvings, woodcarvings, standing, Japanese, Japan, Mary, Virgin Mary, Blessed Virgin Mary, Madonna, Jesus Christ